ratiné

[ rat-n-ey; French ra-tee-ney ]
/ ˌræt nˈeɪ; French ra tiˈneɪ /

noun

a loosely woven fabric made with nubby or knotty yarns.

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Also ra·ti·ne [rat-n-ey, ra-teen]. /ˌræt nˈeɪ, ræˈtin/.
Also called sponge cloth.

Origin of ratiné

1675–85; <French, past participle of ratiner to make a nap on cloth
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British Dictionary definitions for ratiné

ratine

rateen or ratteen ratin (ˈrætɪˌneɪ)

/ (ræˈtiːn) /

noun

a coarse loosely woven cloth

Word Origin for ratine

C17: from French, from ratine, of obscure origin
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