bombazine (also bombasine, bambazine), 1550s, from Fr. bombasin (14c.) "cotton cloth," from M.L. bombacinium "silk texture," from L.L. bombycinium, neut. of bombycinius "silken," from bombyx "silk, silkworm," from Gk. bombyx. The post-classical transfer of the word from "silk" to "cotton" may reflect the perceived "silk-like" nature of the fabric, or a waning of familiarity with genuine silk in the European Dark Ages, but Cf. BOMBAST (Cf. bombast).

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  • Bombazine — Bombazine, or bombasine, is a fabric originally made of silk or silk and wool, and now also made of cotton and wool or of wool alone. Good bombazine is made with a silk warp and a worsted weft. It is twilled or corded and used for dress material …   Wikipedia

  • Bombazine — Bom ba*zine , n. [F. bombasin, LL. bombacinium, bambacinium, L. bombycinus silken, bombycinum a silk or cotton texture, fr. bombyx silk, silkworm, Gr. ?. Cf. {Bombast}, {Bombycinous}.] A twilled fabric for dresses, of which the warp is silk, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bombazine — s. f. O mesmo que bombazina …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Bombazine — An all silk fabric, first made in Norwich 350 years ago, dyed black and used for mourning, the weave was usually plain. It is now made from a silk warp and fine botany weft in a fine twill weave. In 1575 the Dutch presented in Norwich a specimen… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • bombazine — ► NOUN ▪ a twilled dress fabric of worsted and silk or cotton. ORIGIN French bombasin, from Latin bombycinus silken , from Greek bombux silkworm …   English terms dictionary

  • bombazine — [bäm΄bə zēn′, bäm′bə zēn΄] n. [Fr bombasin < ML bombacinium, silk texture < bombax: see BOMBAST] a twilled cloth of silk or rayon with worsted, often dyed black …   English World dictionary

  • bombazine — /bom beuh zeen , bom beuh zeen /, n. a twill fabric constructed of a silk or rayon warp and worsted filling, often dyed black for mourning wear. Also, bombasine, bombazeen. [1545 55; earlier bombasin < MF < ML bombasinum, var. of BOMBYCINUM, n.… …   Universalium

  • bombazine — noun Etymology: Middle French bombasin, from Medieval Latin bombacinum, bombycinum silken texture, from Latin, neuter of bombycinus of silk, from bombyc , bombyx Date: 1572 1. a twilled fabric with silk warp and worsted filling 2. a silk fabric… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bombazine — noun A fabric made from silk, wool or cotton dyed black …   Wiktionary

  • bombazine — (entrée créée par le supplément) (bon ba zi n ) s. f. Nom, chez les fabricants d Amiens, d une étoffe dont la chaîne est en soie et la trame en laine, Enquête, Traité de comm. avec l Angleterre, t. III, p. 605 …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

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