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moreen

[muh-reen]
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noun
  1. a heavy fabric of wool, or wool and cotton, with a ribbed face and a moiré finish, used for curtains, petticoats, etc.
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Origin of moreen

1685–95; mor- (perhaps variant of moire) + (velvet)een
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Examples from the Web for moreen

Historical Examples

  • The design or marking of moreen is different on every piece.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley

  • Moreen is a woolen or mixed fabric to which the same process has been applied.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • Moire—The water effect produced on silk, moreen, and like fabrics.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • Moreen lay, sleepless, wide-eyed, staring up at the roof of the tent.

  • Moreen sat up, shaking off something of the lassitude which possessed her.


British Dictionary definitions for moreen

moreen

noun
  1. a heavy, usually watered, fabric of wool or wool and cotton, used esp in furnishing
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps from moire, influenced by velveteen
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