toile

[twahl]
noun
1.
any of various transparent linens and cottons.

Origin:
1555–65; < French: linen cloth, canvas. See toil2

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toile (twɑːl)
 
n
1.  a transparent linen or cotton fabric
2.  a garment of exclusive design made up in cheap cloth so that alterations and experiments can be made
 
[C19: from French, from Latin tēla a loom]

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