bombazine

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

noun

a twill fabric constructed of a silk or rayon warp and worsted filling, often dyed black for mourning wear.

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Also bom·ba·sine [bom-buh-zeen, ‐seen, bom-buh-zeen, ‐seen,] /ˌbɒm bəˈzin, ‐ˈsin, ˈbɒm bəˌzin, ‐ˌsin,/ 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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British Dictionary definitions for bombazine

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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