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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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(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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(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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Noun1.bombazine - a twilled fabric used for dresses; the warp is silk and the weft is worsted; "black bombazine is frequently used for mourning garments"
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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References in classic literature ?
Here comes another with a sou'-wester and a bombazine cloak.
Her plain face with its narrow lips was tight, her skin was stretched tightly over her bones, her smile was tight, her hair was tight, her clothes were tight, and the white drill she wore had all the effect of black bombazine. I could not imagine why Captain Nichols had married her, and having married her why he had not deserted her.
While fair Altisidora, who the sport Of cold Don Quixote's cruelty hath been, Returns to life, and in this magic court The dames in sables come to grace the scene, And while her matrons all in seemly sort My lady robes in baize and bombazine, Her beauty and her sorrows will I sing With defter quill than touched the Thracian string.
It rose to the mind of Marie, as, dressed in loose morning-robes, and surrounded by anxious servants, she sat up in a great easy-chair, and inspected samples of crape and bombazine. It rose to Miss Ophelia, who began to turn her thoughts towards her northern home.
of the most heterogeneous and ill-assorted objects, piled higgledy-piggledy," but the kimono-style top and checkered skirt diverge from what was worn in the Victorian era as well as the bombazine skirt, bassinette, and crinolines that Orlando buys in the narrative (209-13).
LARRUPING Delicious, excellent, especially about food in Texas and Oklahoma BOMBAZINE An umbrella.
So translating some of omas' words like "Bible black" will be quite a feat and I'm quite sure Professor Wu will spend a few sleepless nights over the likes of "It is night in the chill, squat chapel, hymning in bonnet and brooch and bombazine black, butter[euro]y choker and bootlace bow".
When on trial on "bomb charges" she called her campaign "guerrilla warfare," and that's what the suffragettes were - guerrilla fighters in ankle-length black bombazine dresses and immense floral hats.
The whole ensemble also includes a black silk, taffeta and bombazine bodice, undergarments and a pair of small black boots.
For example, in yearling prep, you're starting off with a raw yearling and developing it into a sales animal - as with the Sir Percy - Bombazine colt that we sold on behalf of the Pakenhams at Tattersalls last year for 260,000gns (to Tony Nerses).
She stepped out of the car in a long black bombazine dress with a cameo at the neck, black straw hat decorated with a silk daisy and lace up black shoes.
What is bombazine - a semi-precious mineral, a dress fabric or a type of explosive?