1. The skin of a swan with the feathers attached.
2. Any of several flannel or cotton fabrics with a soft nap.
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1. (Textiles) the skin of a swan with the feathers attached
2. (Textiles) a fine twill-weave flannel fabric
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1. the skin of a swan, with the feathers on.
2. any of various softly napped fabrics, esp. a flannellike wool used for work clothes.
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