rayon

[ rey-on ]
/ ˈreɪ ɒn /

noun

a regenerated, semisynthetic textile filament made from cellulose, cotton linters, or wood chips by treating these with caustic soda and carbon disulfide and passing the resultant solution, viscose, through spinnerets.
fabric made of this filament.

adjective

made of rayon.

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Origin of rayon

First recorded in 1920–25; apparently based on ray1

OTHER WORDS FROM rayon

half-rayon, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rayon

rayon
/ (ˈreɪɒn) /

noun

any of a number of textile fibres made from wood pulp or other forms of cellulose
any fabric made from such a fibre
(modifier) consisting of or involving rayona rayon shirt

Word Origin for rayon

C20: from French, from Old French rai ray 1
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