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A thick, twilled woolen cloth.
[French ratine, from Old French rastin, from *raster, to scrape, ultimately from Latin rādere; see rash2.]
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(Textiles) a variant spelling of ratine
a heavy, napped woolen fabric.
[1675–85; < French ratine, past participle of ratiner to make a nap on cloth]
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