One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural lenosmass noun
An openwork fabric with the warp threads twisted in pairs before weaving.
- ‘The weave preferably includes a half-cross or full-cross leno weave.’
- ‘Some common weave styles are plain, twill, satin, basket, leno and mock leno.’
- ‘Nylon leno mesh, an extremely strong mesh sometimes referred to as lock mesh, traditionally is a component of outdoor equipment, not clothing.’
Late 18th century: from French linon, from lin ‘flax’, from Latin linum. Compare with linen.
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