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A sturdy, textured, usually cotton fabric having a puckered or quilted appearance, often used in bedding and upholstery.
[French, from past participle of matelasser, to pad, quilt, from matelas, mattress, cushion, from Old French materas; see mattress.]
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(Textiles) (in textiles) having a raised design, as quilting; embossed
[C19: from French matelasser to quilt, from matelas mattress]
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