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Meaning of NANKEEN

Pronunciation:  nan'keen

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a durable fabric formerly loomed by hand in China from natural cotton having a yellowish color

NANKEEN is a 7 letter word that starts with N.


 See Also: cloth, fabric, material, textile



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Nan*keen"\, n. [So called from its being originally
manufactured at Nankin, in China.] [Written also {nankin}.]
1. A species of cloth, of a firm texture, originally brought
   from China, made of a species of cotton ({Gossypium
   religiosum}) that is naturally of a brownish yellow color
   quite indestructible and permanent.

2. An imitation of this cloth by artificial coloring.

3. pl. Trousers made of nankeen. --Ld. Lytton.

{Nankeen bird} (Zo["o]l.), the Australian night heron
   ({Nycticorax Caledonicus}); -- called also {quaker}.