bombazine

[ bom-buh-zeen, bom-buh-zeen ]
/ ˌbɒm bəˈzin, ˈbɒm bəˌzin /
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noun

a twill fabric constructed of a silk or rayon warp and worsted filling, often dyed black for mourning wear.
Also bombasine, bom·ba·zeen.

Origin of bombazine

1545–55; earlier bombasin < Middle French < Medieval Latin bombasinum, variant of bombȳcinum, noun use of neuter of Latin bombȳcinus silken < Greek bombȳ́kinos, equivalent to bombȳk-, stem of bómbȳx silkworm + -inos -ine1
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bombazine

bombasine

/ (ˌbɒmbəˈziːn, ˈbɒmbəˌziːn) /

noun

a twilled fabric, esp one with a silk warp and worsted weft, formerly worn dyed black for mourning

Word Origin for bombazine

C16: from Old French bombasin, from Latin bombӯcinus silken, from bombyx silkworm, silk; see bombacaceous
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Word Origin and History for bombazine

bombazine


n.

(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.

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