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A strong ribbed fabric made of a mixture of silk and either cotton or wool.
- ‘I use a material called bengaline to line my bags.’
- ‘This ball gown is made from bengaline.’
- ‘Designed by Christian Dior New York in black bengaline, the cut is straight, the look - elegant and classic.’
- ‘The vest was cut from a damask brocade and the breeches from bengaline, the latter which was dyed to match the vest fabric.’
- ‘If the rib effect is very fine it is called bengaline, and if its extremely prominent and a lot thicker it would be an ottoman.’
Late 19th century: from French, so named because of a similarity with archaic Bengals denoting fabrics, usually silks, imported from Bengal.
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