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polka dot

[poh-kuh] /ˈpoʊ kə/
noun, Textiles.
a dot or round spot (printed, woven, or embroidered) repeated to form a pattern on a textile fabric.
a pattern of or a fabric with such dots.
Origin of polka dot
1880-85, Americanism
Related forms
polka-dotted, polka-dot, adjective Unabridged
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polka dot

one of a pattern of small circular regularly spaced spots on a fabric
  1. a fabric or pattern with such spots
  2. (as modifier): a polka-dot dress
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for polka dot

1874, from polka (n.) + dot (n.). Named for the dance, for no reason except its popularity, which led to many contemporary products and fashions taking the name. Related: Polka-dotted (1873).

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