half-rayon

rayon

[rey-on]
noun
1.
a regenerated, semisynthetic textile filament made from cellulose, cotton linters, or wood chips by treating these with caustic soda and carbon disulfide and passing the resultant solution, viscose, through spinnerets.
2.
fabric made of this filament.
adjective
3.
made of rayon.

Origin:
1920–25; apparently based on ray1

half-rayon, adjective
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rayon (ˈreɪɒn)
 
n
1.  any of a number of textile fibres made from wood pulp or other forms of cellulose
2.  any fabric made from such a fibre
3.  (modifier) consisting of or involving rayon: a rayon shirt
 
[C20: from French, from Old French rairay1]

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rayon
1924, chosen by National Retail Dry Goods Association of America, probably from Fr. rayon "beam of light, ray," from rai (see ray (1)), which was also used in M.E. as a name for a type of cloth. So called because it is shiny. A more marketable alternative than the original patented
name, artificial silk (1884), or the intervening attempt, Glos, which was "killed by ridicule" ("Draper's Record," June 14, 1924)
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