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percale

[per-keyl] /pərˈkeɪl/
noun
1.
a closely woven, smooth-finished, plain or printed cotton cloth, used for bed sheets, clothing, etc.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < French < Persian pargāla rag; replacing percalla < Persian
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percale

/pəˈkeɪl; -ˈkɑːl/
noun
1.
a close-textured woven cotton fabric, plain or printed, used esp for sheets
Word Origin
C17: via French from Persian pargālah piece of cloth
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Word Origin and History for percale
n.

1620s, name of a fabric imported from the East; in modern use, 1840, from French percale, perhaps ultimately from Persian pargalah "a rag."

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