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[tree-koh] /ˈtri koʊ/
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.
Origin of tricot
1870-75; < French: knitting, knitted fabric, sweater, derivative of tricoter to knit ≪ Germanic; akin to German stricken to knit Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tricot
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for tricot


/ˈtrɪkəʊ; ˈtriː-/
a thin rayon or nylon fabric knitted or resembling knitting, used for dresses, etc
a type of ribbed dress fabric
Word Origin
C19: from French, from tricoter to knit, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for tricot

1859, from French tricot "knitting, knitted work," from tricoter "to knit," probably a variant of Old French estriquer "to smooth," from a Germanic source (e.g. Middle Low German striken "pass over lightly").

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