seer-sucker

seersucker

[seer-suhk-er]
noun
a plainwoven cotton, rayon, or linen fabric: traditionally a striped cotton with alternate stripes crinkled in the weaving.

Origin:
1715–25; < Hindi sīrsakar < Persian shīr o shakar literally, milk and sugar

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seersucker (ˈsɪəˌsʌkə)
 
n
a light cotton, linen, or other fabric with a crinkled surface and often striped
 
[C18: from Hindi śīrśakar, from Persian shīr o shakkar, literally: milk and sugar]

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seersucker
1722, from Hindi sirsakar, E. Indian corruption of Pers. shir o shakkar "striped cloth," lit. "milk and sugar," an allusion to the alternately smooth and puckered surfaces of the stripes. From Pers. shir (cf. Skt. ksiram "milk") + shakar (cf. Pali sakkhara, Skt. sarkara "gravel, grit, sugar;" see
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