[si-lee-zhuh, -shuh, sahy-]
a lightweight, smoothly finished, twilled fabric of acetate, rayon, or cotton, for garment linings.

1665–70; named after Silesia Unabridged


[si-lee-zhuh, -shuh, sahy-]
a region in central Europe along both banks of the upper Oder River, mainly in SW Poland and the N Czech Republic: formerly divided between Germany (which had the largest portion), Poland, and Czechoslovakia; by provision of the Potsdam agreement 1945, the greater part of German Silesia came under Polish administration; rich deposits of coal, iron, and other minerals.
German Schlesien.
Polish Śląsk.
Czech Slezsko.

Silesian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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silesia (saɪˈliːʃɪə)
a twill-weave fabric of cotton or other fibre, used esp for pockets, linings, etc
[C17: Latinized form of German SchlesienSilesia]

Silesia (saɪˈliːʃɪə)
Polish name: Śląsk, Czech name: Slezsko, German name: Schlesien a region of central Europe around the upper and middle Oder valley: mostly annexed by Prussia in 1742 but became almost wholly Polish in 1945; rich coal and iron-ore deposits

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Example sentences for silesia
Frederick had hoped by the truce to secure silesia, for which alone he was fighting.
Flora the flora of lower silesia is specific and different for each zone.
The flora of lower silesia is strongly influenced by geological and climatic history.
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