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[pon-jee, pon-jee]
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  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).
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Origin of pongee

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

thread, fiber, taffeta, tulle, mantua, samite, tussore, tussah, pongee, sendal

Examples from the Web for pongee

Historical Examples

  • Now I have here a piece of pongee silk, cut from a woman's automobile-coat.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • "Pongee is the best material to travel in that I know of," said Miss Eliza.

    The Heart of Arethusa

    Francis Barton Fox

  • The real Chinese pongee is hand-woven and is made from the silk of wild silkworms.

  • Was that girl with the loud voice and the pongee suit his cousin?

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation

    Grace Livingston Hill

  • With regard to dress, garments of cotton or pongee shall be worn.

British Dictionary definitions for pongee


  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
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Word Origin

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