Origin of bombazine
Examples from the Web for bombazine
Queen Victoria had the reputation of being a humorless, dour battleaxe, a Terminator in bombazine.
"Good morning," said the judge pleasantly, sitting down with a side switch of the bombazine.Tutt and Mr. Tutt|Arthur Train
Yes, I like that way, too; but I think it's better to baste it on with Valenciennes or bombazine, or something of that sort.The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories|Mark Twain
Nearly asleep, she did not hear the soft rustle of Miss Judy's bombazine skirt as it slipped off in the darkness.Oldfield|Nancy Huston Banks
British Dictionary definitions for bombazine
Word Origin for bombazine
Word Origin and History for bombazine
(also bombasine, bambazine), 1550s, from French bombasin (14c.) "cotton cloth," from Medieval Latin bombacinium "silk texture," from Late Latin bombycinium, neuter of bombycinius "silken," from bombyx "silk, silkworm," from Greek bombyx. The post-classical transfer of the word from "silk" to "cotton" may reflect the perceived "silk-like" nature of the fabric, or a waning of familiarity with genuine silk in the European Dark Ages, but cf. bombast.