percale

percale

[per-keyl]
noun
a closely woven, smooth-finished, plain or printed cotton cloth, used for bed sheets, clothing, etc.

Origin:
1615–25; < French < Persian pargāla rag; replacing percalla < Persian

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percale (pəˈkeɪl, -ˈkɑːl)
 
n
a close-textured woven cotton fabric, plain or printed, used esp for sheets
 
[C17: via French from Persian pargālah piece of cloth]

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