pongee

[ pon-jee, pon-jee ]
/ pɒnˈdʒi, ˈpɒn dʒi /

noun

silk of a slightly uneven weave made from filaments of wild silk woven in natural tan color.
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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British Dictionary definitions for pongee

pongee
/ (pɒnˈdʒiː, ˈpɒndʒiː) /

noun

a thin plain-weave silk fabric from China or India, left in its natural colour
a cotton or rayon fabric similar to or in imitation of this, but not necessarily in the natural colour

Word Origin for pongee

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