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challis

or challie, chally

[shal-ee] /ˈʃæl i/
noun
1.
a soft fabric of plain weave in wool, cotton, rayon, or other staple fiber, either in a solid color or, more often, a small print.
Origin of challis
1840-1850
1840-50; perhaps after Challis, a surname
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  • To which challis replied, with vexation in his voice: "I could have forgiven you more than that."

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • Professor challis points this out very conclusively in the Phil.

    Aether and Gravitation William George Hooper
  • Mr. Brownrigg was honestly sorry to lose the opportunity of showing Mr. challis those extracts from Graubosch.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • "Mrs. Thornton is out in the garden, but I will call her," said Mrs. challis—or I supposed it was she.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • As Mrs. challis might be out, she would prefer to give a month's warning forthwith.

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • The plan of search adopted by Professor challis was an onerous one.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • It seemed to me, in my young days, that it was the grandest thing in the world to be a challis.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • "The neighbours are not highly intelligent, I suspect," said challis.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • I gave up the hopeless task at last, and sought out challis again.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
  • challis shifted his gaze from the cradle, and looked Stott in the face.

    The Wonder J. D. Beresford
British Dictionary definitions for challis

challis

/ˈʃælɪ; -lɪs/
noun
1.
a lightweight plain-weave fabric of wool, cotton, etc, usually with a printed design
Word Origin
C19: probably from a surname
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Word Origin and History for challis
n.

type of fabric for ladies' dresses, 1849, of unknown origin, perhaps from the surname.

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