pongee

[ pon-jee, pon-jee ]
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noun
  1. silk of a slightly uneven weave made from filaments of wild silk woven in natural tan color.

  2. a cotton or rayon fabric imitating it.: Compare Shantung (def. 2), tussah (def. 1).

Origin of pongee

1
First recorded in 1705–15, pongee is from the Chinese word běnjī homewoven, literally, one's own loom

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pongee

/ (pɒnˈdʒiː, ˈpɒndʒiː) /


noun
  1. a thin plain-weave silk fabric from China or India, left in its natural colour

  2. a cotton or rayon fabric similar to or in imitation of this, but not necessarily in the natural colour

Origin of pongee

1
C18: from Mandarin Chinese (Peking) pen-chī woven at home, on one's own loom, from pen own + chi loom

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