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pongee

[pon-jee, pon-jee] /pɒnˈdʒi, ˈpɒn dʒi/
noun
1.
silk of a slightly uneven weave made from filaments of wild silk woven in natural tan color.
2.
a cotton or rayon fabric imitating it.
Compare Shantung (def 2), tussah (def 1).
Origin
1705-1715
1705-15; < Chinese běnjī homewoven, literally, one's own loom
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Examples from the web for pongee
  • Quite a variety of pongee shades, and white, of all the grades.
  • We are not making any changes to the packing interval for parachutes made from natural fibers such as silk or pongee.
British Dictionary definitions for pongee

pongee

/pɒnˈdʒiː; ˈpɒndʒiː/
noun
1.
a thin plain-weave silk fabric from China or India, left in its natural colour
2.
a cotton or rayon fabric similar to or in imitation of this, but not necessarily in the natural colour
Word Origin
C18: from Mandarin Chinese (Peking) pen-chī woven at home, on one's own loom, from pen own + chi loom
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