a brand of synthetic, acrylic textile fiber of light weight, wrinkle resistance, and resistance to weathering and many chemicals.

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trademark a crease-resistant acrylic fibre or fabric used for clothing, furnishings, etc
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Word Origin and History for orlon


proprietary name (Du Pont) of synthetic textile fiber, 1948, an invented word (cf. nylon).

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