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[lee-noh] /ˈli noʊ/
noun, plural lenos.
Also called leno weave, gauze weave. a weave structure in which paired warp yarns are intertwined in a series of figure eights and filling yarn is passed through each of the interstices so formed, producing a firm, open mesh.
any fabric in this weave.
made in leno weave.
Origin of leno
1850-55; perhaps Anglicized variant of French linon lawn, derivative of lin linen (< Latin līnum flax) Unabridged
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  • A thin cotton fabric, woven in the same way, is known as leno, to distinguish it from muslin made by plain weaving.

  • The mouth of the bottle should be covered with gauze or leno, and a bit of moistened sugar put on the top outside.

  • He looked up from the piece of leno he was smoothing out, and saw he was alone in the shop.

    Mary Marston George MacDonald
  • When gauze is combined with plain weaving it is styled “leno.”

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • leno answers very well, but is somewhat easily torn, and will have to be frequently renewed.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for leno


noun (pl) -nos
(in textiles) a weave in which the warp yarns are twisted together in pairs between the weft or filling yarns
a fabric of this weave
Word Origin
C19: probably from French linon lawn, from lin flax, from Latin līnum. See linen


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