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A borough of northwest England northeast of Liverpool. An important medieval market town, it became heavily industrialized in the 1800s.
A stiff cotton fabric often used as interfacing.
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1. (Placename) an industrial town in NW England, in Wigan unitary authority, Greater Manchester: former coal-mining centre. Pop: 81 203 (2001)
2. (Placename) a unitary authority in NW England, in Greater Manchester. Pop: 303 800 (2003 est). Area: 199 sq km (77 sq miles)
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a stiffly starched cotton fabric used to interline garments.
[1870–75; after Wigan, where orig. produced]
a borough of Greater Manchester, in W England. 310,000.
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