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[muh-leen; French ma-leen] /məˈlin; French maˈlin/
Also, maline. a delicate net resembling tulle, originally made by hand in the town of Mechlin, Belgium.
Origin of malines
First recorded in 1840-50; after Malines Unabridged
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  • Loose feathers should be glued in place and the wing covered with maline or a hair net of the same color.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • It seems to me that tulle and tarlatan and maline were your dope.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
  • The wires of a frame are often first wound with narrow bias pieces of net or maline.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • The wire should be wound with maline or have a facing of maline.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • A bow of maline requires wiring with a very small tie wire or lace wire.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • Flower pins were tucked in the maline bows of the bouquets as favors for the girls, while scarf pins were favors for the men.

    A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband Louise Bennett Weaver
  • Even very imperfect flowers may be made to look well if veiled with maline or georgette.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • Allee too velly much flighten, and lun away from foleign devil sailor and maline.

    Blue Jackets George Manville Fenn
  • Mr. maline's wife wuz my Ole Boss' sister and my muther fell to her as a slave.

  • If the hat is covered with maline, use a maline lining; if with georgette, a georgette lining should be used.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
British Dictionary definitions for maline


a type of silk net used in dressmaking
another name for Mechlin lace
Word Origin
C19: from French Malines (Mechelen), where this lace was traditionally made


the French name for Mechelen
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