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[mass noun] A soft, unbleached type of Chinese fabric, originally made from threads of raw silk and now also other fibres such as cotton which are usually mercerized:[as modifier] ‘pongee blouses’
- ‘Moore wrote that she ‘is tall and has dark hair and eyes and wears queer shades of blue silk and pongees and Boston shoes and hand made watch-chains and pins etc.’’
- ‘It is made with pongee nylon for less creasing of the fabric, it has a hexagon shaft for added durability, and a polished wooden handle.’
Early 18th century: from Chinese ( Mandarin dialect) bĕnjī literally own loom or běnzhī literally home-woven.
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