bombazine


noun

  1. a twill fabric constructed of a silk or rayon warp and worsted filling, often dyed black for mourning wear.

noun

  1. a twilled fabric, esp one with a silk warp and worsted weft, formerly worn dyed black for mourning
n.

(also bombasine, bambazine), 1550s, from French bombasin (14c.) “cotton cloth,” from Medieval Latin bombacinium “silk texture,” from Late Latin bombycinium, neuter of bombycinius “silken,” from bombyx “silk, silkworm,” from Greek bombyx. The post-classical transfer of the word from “silk” to “cotton” may reflect the perceived “silk-like” nature of the fabric, or a waning of familiarity with genuine silk in the European Dark Ages, but cf. bombast.

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