engrain

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engrain (ɪnˈɡreɪn)
 
vb
a variant spelling of ingrain

ingrain or engrain
 
vb
1.  to impress deeply on the mind or nature; instil
2.  archaic to dye into the fibre of (a fabric)
 
adj
3.  variants of ingrained
4.  (of woven or knitted articles, esp rugs and carpets) made of dyed yarn or of fibre that is dyed before being spun into yarn
 
n
5.  a.  a carpet made from ingrained yarn
 b.  such yarn
 
[C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre]
 
engrain or engrain (ˈɪnˌɡreɪn)
 
vb
 
adj
 
n
 
[C18: from the phrase dyed in grain dyed with kermes through the fibre]

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engrain
M.E., originally "dyed in grain," from Fr. graine "seed of a plant," also "cochineal" (the source of the dye was thought to be berries), thus "fast-dyed." Later associated with grain in the sense of "the fiber of a thing." Related: Engrained.
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