a firm, durable, yellow or buff fabric, formerly made from a natural-colored Chinese cotton.
a twilled material made from other cotton and dyed in imitation of this fabric.
nankeens, garments made of this material.
a yellow or buff color.
Also called Nankeen porcelain, Nanking china, Nanking ware. a type of Chinese porcelain having blue ornament on a white ground.
Also, nankin [nan-kin] .

1745–55; after Nankin Nanking, where first made Unabridged
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nankeen or nankin (næŋˈkiːn, ˈnænkɪn)
1.  a hard-wearing buff-coloured cotton fabric
2.  a.  a pale greyish-yellow colour
 b.  (as adjective): a nankeen carpet
[C18: named after Nanking, China, where it originated]
nankin or nankin
[C18: named after Nanking, China, where it originated]

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Word Origin & History

"kind of cotton cloth," 1755, from Nanking, China, where it originally was made. The city name is lit. "southern capital."
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durable, firm-textured cotton cloth originally made in China and now imitated in various countries. The name is derived from Nanjing, the city in which the cloth is said to have been originally manufactured.

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Nankeen made from wool, and cotton ticking and frieze are common twills.
The fragrance of bird's-nest soup is in his nostrils and the voice of the fowls of the nankeen legs makes music in his ears.
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