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(ˌmɛsəˈliːn; ˈmɛsəˌliːn)
(Textiles) a light lustrous twilled-silk fabric
[C20: from French, origin obscure]
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(ˌmɛs əˈlin, ˈmɛs əˌlin)

a thin, soft, satin-weave silk, used for dresses, undergarments, etc.
[1905–10; < French, appar. after Messaline Messalina]
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