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[shan-tuhng or for 2, shan-tuhng; for 1 also Chinese shahn-doo ng]
  1. Shandong.
  2. (often lowercase) Textiles.
    1. a heavy pongee.Compare tussah.
    2. a fabric imitating this, of rayon or cotton.
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British Dictionary definitions for shantung


  1. a heavy silk fabric with a knobbly surface
  2. a cotton or rayon imitation of this
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Word Origin

C19: so called because it was first imported to Britain from Shantung in China


  1. a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for Shandong
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Word Origin and History for shantung


type of coarse silk, 1882, from Shantung province, in China, where the fabric was made. The place name is "east of the mountain," from shan (mountain) + dong (east). The mountain in question is Tan Shan. West of it is Shansi, from xi "west."

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