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engrain

[en-greyn] /ɛnˈgreɪn/
verb (used with object), adjective
1.
ingrain (defs 1, 2).
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British Dictionary definitions for engrain

engrain

/ɪnˈɡreɪn/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of ingrain

ingrain

verb (transitive) (ɪnˈɡreɪn)
1.
to impress deeply on the mind or nature; instil
2.
(archaic) to dye into the fibre of (a fabric)
adjective (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)
3.
variants of ingrained
4.
(of woven or knitted articles, esp rugs and carpets) made of dyed yarn or of fibre that is dyed before being spun into yarn
noun (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)
5.
  1. a carpet made from ingrained yarn
  2. such yarn
Word Origin
C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre
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Word Origin and History for engrain
v.

late 14c., originally "(dye) in grain," from French phrase en graine, from graine "seed of a plant," also "cochineal" (the source of the dye was thought to be berries), thus "fast-dyed." Later associated with grain in the sense of "the fiber of a thing." Related: Engrained.

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