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 (pŏn-jē′, pŏn′jē)
A light, plain-woven fabric, usually of tussah or raw silk.

[Of Chinese origin, perhaps from an earlier Chinese (Mandarin) *běn zhī, homemade fabric : běn, root, base, foundation, original, one's own (from Early Middle Chinese pen') + zhī, to weave, spin (from Middle Chinese tʂiăk, ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *tək; akin to Tibetan ′thag).]


(pɒnˈdʒiː; ˈpɒndʒiː)
1. (Textiles) a thin plain-weave silk fabric from China or India, left in its natural colour
2. (Textiles) a cotton or rayon fabric similar to or in imitation of this, but not necessarily in the natural colour
[C18: from Mandarin Chinese (Peking) pen-chī woven at home, on one's own loom, from pen own + chi loom]


(pɒnˈdʒi, ˈpɒn dʒi)

silk of a slightly uneven weave made from filaments of wild silk woven in natural tan color.
[1705–15; < Chinese běnjī homewoven, literally, one's own loom]
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Noun1.pongee - a soft thin cloth woven from raw silk (or an imitation)
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
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There was a blue pongee suit in a window that she knew--by saving twenty cents a week instead of ten, in--let's see--Oh, it would run into years