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antimacassar

[an-ti-muh-kas-er] /ˌæn tɪ məˈkæs ər/
noun
1.
a small covering, usually ornamental, placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; anti- + Macassar (oil)
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antimacassar

/ˌæntɪməˈkæsə/
noun
1.
a cloth covering the back and arms of chairs, etc, to prevent soiling or as decoration
Word Origin
C19: from anti- + Macassar (oil)
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Word Origin and History for antimacassar
antimacassar
coined 1852, from anti- + macassar oil, imported hair tonic from Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The cloth was laid to protect chair and sofa fabric from people leaning their oily heads back against it. Macassar is from native Mangkasara, name of a district on the island.
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Encyclopedia Article for antimacassar

protective covering thrown over the back of a chair or the head or cushions of a sofa, named after Macassar, a hair-oil in general use in the 19th century. The original antimacassars were made of stiff white crochet-work, but later soft, coloured materials, such as embroidered wools or silks, were used. In the 20th century the use of antimacassars largely died out.

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