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percaline

[pur-kuh-leen]
noun
  1. a fine, lightweight cotton fabric, usually finished with a gloss and dyed in one color, used especially for linings.
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Origin of percaline

From French, dating back to 1855–60; see origin at percale, -ine2
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Historical Examples of percaline

  • The frame was covered with a kind of cloth called “percaline.”

    The Scientific American Boy

    A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond

  • Percaline is used chiefly for feminine wearing apparel, principally for linings, petticoats, etc.

    Textiles

    William H. Dooley


British Dictionary definitions for percaline

percaline

noun
  1. a fine light cotton fabric, used esp for linings
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Word Origin for percaline

C19: from French; see percale
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