percale

[ per-keyl ]
/ pərˈkeɪl /

noun

a closely woven, smooth-finished, plain or printed cotton cloth, used for bed sheets, clothing, etc.

Origin of percale

1615–25; < French < Persian pargāla rag; replacing percalla < Persian
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percale

/ (pəˈkeɪl, -ˈkɑːl) /

noun

a close-textured woven cotton fabric, plain or printed, used esp for sheets

Word Origin for percale

C17: via French from Persian pargālah piece of cloth
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