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[bom-buh-zeen, -seen; bom-buh-zeen, -seen] /ˌbɒm bəˈzin, -ˈsin; ˈbɒm bəˌzin, -ˌsin/
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British Dictionary definitions for bombasine


/ˌbɒmbəˈziːn; ˈbɒmbəˌziːn/
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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textile, usually black in colour, with a silk warp and worsted weft, or filling, woven in either plain or twill weave. Cheaper grades are woven with a rayon warp and worsted or cotton weft. Bombazine was originally made exclusively of silk and in a variety of colours, but the usual colour gradually became standardized as black because of its principal use in garb of mourning and of persons in religious orders. It was woven with silk warps and worsted wefts.

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