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A raw-silk thread, usually used as a warp thread.
[French organsin, from Italian organzino, probably after Organzi (Urganch), a city of western Uzbekistan.]
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1. (Textiles) a strong thread made of twisted strands of raw silk
2. (Textiles) fabric made of such threads
[C17: from French organsin, from Italian organzino, probably from Urgench, a town in Uzbekistan where the fabric was originally produced]
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silk twisted in opposite directions and used warpwise in weaving silk fabrics.
[1690–1700; < French]
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