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torchon lace

[tawr-shon; French tawr-shawn] /ˈtɔr ʃɒn; French tɔrˈʃɔ̃/
noun
1.
a bobbin-made linen or cotton lace with loosely twisted threads in simple, open patterns.
2.
a machine-made imitation of this.
Origin of torchon lace
1875-1880
1875-80; torchon < French: duster, dishcloth, literally, something to wipe with, equivalent to torch(er) to wipe (see torch2) + -on noun suffix
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  • torchon lace is also used, but is not quite so heavy as cluny.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The machine-made linen cluny or torchon lace is attractive, suitable, and it wears well.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Smyrna or torchon lace is more difficult to hem or join when very open or very fine.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
British Dictionary definitions for torchon lace

torchon lace

/ˈtɔːʃən; French tɔrʃɔ̃/
noun
1.
a coarse linen or cotton lace with a simple openwork pattern
Word Origin
C19 torchon, from French: a cleaning cloth, from torcher to wipe, from Old French torche bundle of straw; see torch
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