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[keym-brik] /ˈkeɪm brɪk/
a thin, plain cotton or linen fabric of fine close weave, usually white.
Origin of cambric
1520-30; earlier cameryk, after Kameryk, Dutch name of Cambrai Unabridged
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  • Yet they are happy, you say, those two gentle people perpetuating spring on canvas and cambric.

  • The sheets—I've seen the pattern—they are of cambric—spider-web.

    Rene Mauperin Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • But Jim divines the quivering even under the morsel of cambric, and looks away again.

    Alas! Rhoda Broughton
  • Out with your cambric, dear ladies, and let us all whimper together.

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Her face was frozen into a mask, and the bones of her thin little body quivered through the cambric of her night-gown.

    The Builders Ellen Glasgow
  • Each of these fairies was about the height of a cambric needle.

  • Were the features against which that frail bit of cambric was agonizingly pressed of a pleasing contour?

    Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
  • She has more eyes than ever Argus had, and each one is as sharp as a cambric needle.

    The Midnight Queen May Agnes Fleming
  • The females were clad in plain white gowns, with neat turbans of cambric or muslin on their heads.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus American Anti-Slavery Society
  • And you exhibited to him the vial of chloroform and the piece of cambric?

    The Diamond Coterie Lawrence L. Lynch
British Dictionary definitions for cambric


a fine white linen or cotton fabric
Word Origin
C16: from Flemish KamerijkCambrai
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cambric

late 14c., from Kamerijk, Flemish form of Cambrai, city in northern France where the cloth was originally made, from Latin Camaracum. The modern form of the English word has elements from both versions of the name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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