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A fine twilled fabric usually of silk and worsted or cotton, traditionally dyed black and used for mourning clothes.
[French bombasin, from Medieval Latin bambacīnum, cotton fabric, from bombax, bombac-, cotton, from Latin bombȳx, silk, silkworm, from Greek bombūx, silkworm.]
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bombazine(ˌbɒmbəˈziːn; ˈbɒmbəˌziːn) or
(Textiles) a twilled fabric, esp one with a silk warp and worsted weft, formerly worn dyed black for mourning
[C16: from Old French bombasin, from Latin bombӯcinus silken, from bombyx silkworm, silk; see bombacaceous]
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bom•ba•zine(ˌbɒm bəˈzin, ˈbɒm bəˌzin)
a twill fabric constructed of a silk warp and worsted filling, often dyed black for mourning wear.
[1545–55; earlier bombasin < Middle French < Medieval Latin bombasinum, variant of bombȳcinum, n. use of neuter of Latin bombȳcinus silken < Greek bombykinos=bombȳk-, s. of bómbȳx silkworm + -inos -ine1]
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|Noun||1.||bombazine - a twilled fabric used for dresses; the warp is silk and the weft is worsted; "black bombazine is frequently used for mourning garments"|
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