a warp-knit fabric of various natural or synthetic fibers, as wool, silk, or nylon, having fine vertical ribs on the face and horizontal ribs on the back, used especially for making garments.
a kind of worsted cloth.

1870–75; < French: knitting, knitted fabric, sweater, derivative of tricoter to knit ≪ Germanic; akin to German stricken to knit Unabridged
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tricot (ˈtrɪkəʊ, ˈtriː-)
1.  a thin rayon or nylon fabric knitted or resembling knitting, used for dresses, etc
2.  a type of ribbed dress fabric
[C19: from French, from tricoter to knit, of unknown origin]

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1859, from Fr. tricot "knitting, knitted work," from tricoter "to knit," probably a variant of O.Fr. estriquer "to smooth," from a Gmc. source (e.g. M.L.G. striken "pass over lightly").
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Example sentences
Soft, polyester tricot shell is gentle on your face yet stands up well to scrubbing.
The workers are engaged in the production of lace and tricot for activewear, sportswear and intimate apparel.
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