ciré

ciré

[si-rey]
noun
1.
a brilliant, highly glazed surface produced on fabrics by subjecting them to a wax, heat, and calendering treatment.
2.
a double fabric having such a finish.

Origin:
1920–25; < French < Latin cērātus waxed, equivalent to cēr(a) wax (see cere) + -ātus -ate1

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ciré (ˈsɪəreɪ)
 
adj
1.  (of fabric) treated with a heat or wax process to make it smooth
 
n
2.  such a surface on a fabric
3.  a fabric having such a surface
 
[C20: French, from cirer to wax, from cire, from Latin cēra wax]

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cire
1921, from Fr. ciré "waxed." Often short for ciré silk.
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