muslin

[muhz-lin]
noun
a cotton fabric made in various degrees of fineness and often printed, woven, or embroidered in patterns, especially a cotton fabric of plain weave, used for sheets and for a variety of other purposes.

Origin:
1600–10; < French mousseline < Italian mussolina, equivalent to Mussol(o) Mosul, Iraq (where first made) + -ina -ine1

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muslin (ˈmʌzlɪn)
 
n
a fine plain-weave cotton fabric
 
[C17: from French mousseline, from Italian mussolina, from Arabic mawşilīy of Mosul, from Mawşil Mosul, Iraq, where it was first produced]

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muslin
1609, "delicately woven cotton fabric," from Fr. mousseline, from It. mussolina, from Mussolo "Mosul," city in northern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) where muslin was made, from Arabic al-Mawsul, lit. "the joined," a reference to the bridge and ford over the Tigris here. Like many fabric names, it has changed
meaning over the years, in this case from luxurious to commonplace. In 13c. O.Fr., mosulin meant "cloth of silk and gold." The meaning "everyday cotton fabric for shirts, bedding, etc." is U.S., 1872.
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muslin

plain-woven cotton fabric made in various weights. The better qualities of muslin are fine and smooth in texture and are woven from evenly spun warps and wefts, or fillings. They are given a soft finish, bleached or piece-dyed, and are sometimes patterned in the loom or printed. The coarser varieties are often of irregular yarns and textures, bleached, unbleached, or piece-dyed and are generally finished by the application of sizing. Grades of muslin are known by such names as book, mull, swiss, and sheeting.

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Example sentences
Strain the infusion with a tea strainer, sieve or muslin cloth and discard the
  herb parts.
Use dried lavender and a small muslin bag to form a sachet.
Soon, thick warm sesame oil infused with medicinal herbs began to permeate my
  meager muslin thong.
Her muslin cap, without spot and covered with embroidery, had lappets trimmed
  with lace.
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