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[pon-jee, pon-jee] /pɒnˈdʒi, ˈpɒn dʒi/
silk of a slightly uneven weave made from filaments of wild silk woven in natural tan color.
a cotton or rayon fabric imitating it.
Compare Shantung (def 2), tussah (def 1).
Origin of pongee
First recorded in 1705-15, pongee is from the Chinese word běnjī homewoven, literally, one's own loom Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for pongee
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  • Now I have here a piece of pongee silk, cut from a woman's automobile-coat.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • "pongee is the best material to travel in that I know of," said Miss Eliza.

    The Heart of Arethusa

    Francis Barton Fox
  • The real Chinese pongee is hand-woven and is made from the silk of wild silkworms.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Was that girl with the loud voice and the pongee suit his cousin?

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation Grace Livingston Hill
  • With regard to dress, garments of cotton or pongee shall be worn.

  • The Colonel folded his pongee, and came again to Hulda's side.

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
  • He ordered a suit of pongee, to be done at noon the following day.

    Parrot & Co.

    Harold MacGrath
  • How can I tell of the lady of the pongee—now that I beheld her?

    The Beautiful Lady Booth Tarkington
  • The driver was a great tanned giant, pongee colored from his hair to his puttees and boots.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
  • And the pongee person was so competent, so quietly sure, so angularly graceful among his brakes and levers.

    Fanny Herself Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for pongee


/pɒnˈdʒiː; ˈpɒndʒiː/
a thin plain-weave silk fabric from China or India, left in its natural colour
a cotton or rayon fabric similar to or in imitation of this, but not necessarily in the natural colour
Word Origin
C18: from Mandarin Chinese (Peking) pen-chī woven at home, on one's own loom, from pen own + chi loom
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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