challis

challis

[shal-ee]
noun
a soft fabric of plain weave in wool, cotton, rayon, or other staple fiber, either in a solid color or, more often, a small print.
Also, challie, chally.


Origin:
1840–50; perhaps after Challis, a surname

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challis or challie (ˈʃælɪ, -lɪs, ˈʃælɪ)
 
n
a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design
 
[C19: probably from a surname]
 
challie or challie
 
n
 
[C19: probably from a surname]

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challis
type of fabric for lady's dresses, 1849, of unknown origin, perhaps from the surname.
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