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[awr-guh n-zeen]
  1. silk that has been additionally twisted in opposite directions, used warpwise in weaving silk fabrics.
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Origin of organzine

1690–1700; < French organsin < Italian organizino
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Examples from the Web for organzine

Historical Examples

  • Organzine, or′gan-zin, n. a silk thread of several twisted together, a fabric of the same.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)


  • There are three denominations of raw silk; viz., organzine, trame (shute or tram), and floss.

  • Mr. Huskisson introduced a bill at that time, reducing the duty on organzine to 5s., and the duty on other raw silk to 3d.

  • Organzine silk is produced by uniting a number of strongly twisted threads.


    William H. Dooley

  • Organzine is the name given the twisted silk thread in Italy, where it is made.


    William H. Dooley

British Dictionary definitions for organzine


  1. a strong thread made of twisted strands of raw silk
  2. fabric made of such threads
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Word Origin

C17: from French organsin, from Italian organzino, probably from Urgench, a town in Uzbekistan where the fabric was originally produced
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