also ba·rège  (bə-rĕzh′)
A sheer fabric woven of silk or cotton and wool.

[French barège, after Barèges, a town in France.]
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(Textiles) a light silky gauze fabric made of wool
(Textiles) made of such a fabric
[C19: named after Barèges, France, where it was originally made]
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References in classic literature ?
"Can't I do anything with this barege? It 's one of my favorite dresses, and I hate to give it up."
Emma hates and tries continuously to escape boring details, such as where the money will come from to pay for "a black barege, twelve yards, just enough to make a gown" (277), or how she would return the "five-franc pieces" she "borrowed" from Monsieur Derozeray's account: "'Pshaw!' she thought, 'he won't think about it again'" (206).
[75] A century later Jean Dusaulx could still write in his Voyage a Barege (1796): "rappelez-vous que le prudent Ulysse se boucha les oreilles pour ne point entendre le chant des sirenes" (remember that the prudent Ulysses stopped his ears to avoid hearing the song of the Sirens).