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 (sī-lē′zhə, -shə, sĭ-)
A sturdy twilled cotton fabric used for linings and pockets.

[After Silesia.]


 (sī-lē′zhə, -shə, sĭ-)
A region of central Europe primarily in southwest Poland and the northern Czech Republic. Settled by Slavic peoples c. ad 500, the region was long contested by various states and principalities. After World War I Silesia was partitioned among Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. Much of the Czechoslovakian section passed to Germany and Poland after the signing of the Munich Pact in 1938. Germany occupied Polish Silesia from 1939 to 1945, and after World War II Poland annexed most of German Silesia. Upper Silesia, in southern Poland, is an important industrialized area.

Si·le′sian adj. & n.
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(Placename) of or relating to Silesia or its inhabitants
(Placename) a native or inhabitant of Silesia
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nSchlesier(in) m(f)
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Ludwig Binkerhoof saw three as recently as 1792, in the Black Forest, and Sneddeker avers that in 1803 they drove a party of miners out of a Silesian mine.
Correctness of our hypothesis is evidenced by measurements of residual shear stress at the base of the Silesian nappe, which indicate directions from SE despite the fact that the thrusting ended already in the Badenian.
After a brief appearance at the American Dance Festival last summer, Silesian Dance Theatre made what it called its "official" American debut last fall at the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Its main center was the Silesian Conservatoire of Music (now the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice), founded in 1929.