or ha·bu·tae

[ hah-buh-tahy ]

  1. a thin, soft, durable Japanese silk, used in the manufacture of garments.

Origin of habutai

1890–95; <Japanese habutae, equivalent to ha feathers (<fa<*pa) + -butae, combining form of futa-e (<futa-f(y)e<*puta pe) two layers

Words Nearby habutai

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How to use habutai in a sentence

  • When the body has been washed, it is dressed in white, in silk habutai whenever the family can afford it.

    Japanese Girls and Women | Alice Mabel Bacon
  • The bed on which the Empress sleeps is made of heavy futons, or quilts, of white habutai wadded with silk wadding.

    Japanese Girls and Women | Alice Mabel Bacon