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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 of pongee
1705-1715
1705-15; < Chinese běnjī homewoven, literally, one's own loom
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  • Leila sprang from her chair and made one dive toward a diminutive young woman in a pongee traveling coat and white sports hat.

  • Now I have here a piece of pongee silk, cut from a woman's automobile-coat.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • She came in wearing a sage-green duster of pongee silk, pretty nice, only the buttons are as big as those largest mint-drops.

  • "pongee is the best material to travel in that I know of," said Miss Eliza.

    The Heart of Arethusa Francis Barton Fox
  • However, she held a very strong card in her pongee sleeve, and she knew that too.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • Was that girl with the loud voice and the pongee suit his cousin?

    Aunt Crete's Emancipation Grace Livingston Hill
  • This afternoon Dorothy had offered her a pongee dust coat when she stopped at the Smiths' on her way to the cars.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise Mabell S.C. Smith
  • With regard to dress, garments of cotton or pongee shall be worn.

  • How can I tell of the lady of the pongee—now that I beheld her?

    The Beautiful Lady Booth Tarkington
  • The Colonel folded his pongee, and came again to Hulda's side.

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
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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