bayadere

bayadere

[bahy-uh-deer, -der]
noun
a fabric with horizontal stripes of brilliant colors.

Origin:
1855–60; < French: a professional female dancer of India < Portuguese bailadeira, feminine of bailador dancer (baila(r) to dance (see ball2) + -dor < Latin -tor -tor); apparently in reference to the fabrics worn by such dancers

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bayadere (ˌbaɪəˈdɪə, -ˈdɛə)
 
n
1.  a dancing girl, esp one serving in a Hindu temple
2.  a fabric or design with horizontal stripes, esp of a bright colour
 
adj
3.  (of fabric, etc) having horizontal stripes
 
[C18: via French from Portuguese bailadeira dancing girl, from bailar to dance, from Latin ballāre; see ball²]

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