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bombazine

[bom-buh-zeen, bom-buh-zeen] /ˌbɒm bəˈzin, ˈbɒm bəˌzin/
noun
1.
a twill fabric constructed of a silk or rayon warp and worsted filling, often dyed black for mourning wear.
Also, bombasine, bombazeen.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; earlier bombasin < Middle French < Medieval Latin bombasinum, variant of bombȳcinum, noun use of neuter of Latin bombȳcinus silken < Greek bombȳ́kinos, equivalent to bombȳk-, stem of bómbȳx silkworm + -inos -ine1
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bombazine

/ˌbɒmbəˈziːn; ˈbɒmbəˌziːn/
noun
1.
a twilled fabric, esp one with a silk warp and worsted weft, formerly worn dyed black for mourning
Word Origin
C16: from Old French bombasin, from Latin bombӯcinus silken, from bombyx silkworm, silk; see bombacaceous
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Word Origin and History for bomb-azine
bombazine
(also bombasine, bambazine), 1550s, from Fr. bombasin (14c.) "cotton cloth," from M.L. bombacinium "silk texture," from L.L. bombycinium, neut. of bombycinius "silken," from bombyx "silk, silkworm," from Gk. bombyx. The post-classical transfer of the word from "silk" to "cotton" may reflect the perceived "silk-like" nature of the fabric, or a waning of familiarity with genuine silk in the European Dark Ages, but cf. bombast.
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