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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 of percale
1615-1625
1615-25; < French < Persian pargāla rag; replacing percalla < Persian
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  • She would buy so and so many yards of percale for new shirt waists for the boys and Janie and Mag.

  • Myra smoothed her hair and put on a fresh afternoon percale.

  • Two dressing-gowns, one in percale, the other in striped silk, six roubles.

    Marie Alexander Pushkin
  • Bloomers can also be made from gingham, percale, galatea, or other cotton cloth.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • percale that could be bought for ten cents a yard on the avenue, sold on the square for fifteen cents.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • Fold the percale through the center, with the woof, and baste the edges together.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • Measure the bedstead and cut two pieces of percale or zephyr exactly the same size.

  • percale is a closely woven fabric made with a good quality of cotton yarn.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • She wore a percale gown, ecru ground with bright figures, a rose-colored cravat and a bonnet laden with flowers.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • Did you ever have a calico apron or dress of percale or cambric on which the pattern showed on one side only?

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
British Dictionary definitions for percale

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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