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mercerize

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verb, mer·cer·ize \ˈmər-sə-ˌrīz\

Definition of mercerize

mercerizedmercerizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give (as cotton yarn) luster, strength, and receptiveness to dyes by treatment under tension with caustic soda

mercerization play \ˌmərs-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌmər-sə-\ noun


Origin of mercerize

John Mercer †1866 English calico printer


First Known Use: 1852


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