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nankeen

[ nan-keen ]
/ nænˈkin /
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noun
a firm, durable, yellow or buff fabric, formerly made from a natural-colored Chinese cotton.
a twilled material made from other cotton and dyed in imitation of this fabric.
nankeens, garments made of this material.
a yellow or buff color.
Also called Nankeen porcelain, Nanking china, Nanking ware . a type of Chinese porcelain having blue ornament on a white ground.
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Also nan·kin [nan-kin]. /ˈnæn kɪn/.

Origin of nankeen

1745–55; after NankinNanking, where first made
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British Dictionary definitions for nankeen

nankeen

nankin (ˈnænkɪn)

/ (næŋˈkiːn) /

noun
a hard-wearing buff-coloured cotton fabric
  1. a pale greyish-yellow colour
  2. (as adjective)a nankeen carpet

Word Origin for nankeen

C18: named after Nanking, China, where it originated
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