Antimacassars

antimacassar

[an-ti-muh-kas-er]
noun
a small covering, usually ornamental, placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or soiling; a tidy.

Origin:
1850–55; anti- + Macassar (oil)

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antimacassar (ˌæntɪməˈkæsə)
 
n
a cloth covering the back and arms of chairs, etc, to prevent soiling or as decoration
 
[C19: from anti- + Macassar (oil)]

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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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