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mercerize or mercerise (ˈmɜːsəˌraɪz)
(tr) to treat (cotton yarn) with an alkali to increase its strength and reception to dye and impart a lustrous silky appearance
[C19: named after John Mercer (1791--1866), English maker of textiles]
mercerise or mercerise
[C19: named after John Mercer (1791--1866), English maker of textiles]
merceri'zation or mercerise
merceri'sation or mercerise

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