One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic acrylic fiber used for textiles and knitwear, or a fabric made from it.
- ‘The development of Orlon® acrylic fiber stemmed from DuPonts work on rayon.’
- ‘Basketball players were recruited and wore Orlon socks on one foot and socks of other textiles on the other in practice sessions.’
1950s: invented word, on the pattern of nylon.
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