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chenille

noun che·nille \shə-ˈnēl\

: a thick, soft cloth

Full Definition of CHENILLE

1
:  a wool, cotton, silk, or rayon yarn with protruding pile; also :  a pile-face fabric with a filling of this yarn
2
:  an imitation of chenille yarn or fabric
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Origin of CHENILLE

French, literally, caterpillar, from Latin canicula, diminutive of canis dog; from its hairy appearance — more at hound
First Known Use: circa 1739

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