che·​nille | \shə-ˈnēl \

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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It is usually tied with a black chenille body, a white calf tail wing and a brown hen collar. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: 13 famous Wisconsin fly patterns take center stage," 21 Apr. 2018 Assertive but earthy colors such as moss, ochre and chestnut highlight soothing upholstery in plush, touchable velvet, suede and chenille. Valli Herman,, "The subtle ways the Hotel Figueroa's redesign is a tribute to women," 10 Mar. 2018 In fact, many of the dog garments have corresponding numbers for women, such as the long, flowing black cotton skirt a pet owner could wear while walking her dog outfitted in a black chenille jacket. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, "Milan line offers canine couture for pampered pooches," 16 Jan. 2018 Pillow Pets are plump chenille stuffed animals (also some really cute cars) that widen and flatten into a pillow with the release of a cinch strap. Judi Dash,, "Travel Gadget Guru, by Judi Dash: Creature comforts," 17 Jan. 2018 Along the same lines, snippets of ribbon, yarn, lace, fabric strips or even different-colored chenille stems (a.k.a. Bonnie Mccarthy,, "Keep track of your cocktails with drink charms and markers," 16 Dec. 2017 Like your grandmother’s bed that has a pink chenille coverlet and smells like rosewater and Bengay. Lisa Scottoline,, "Some pointers for the men who stand accused | Lisa Scottoline," 8 Dec. 2017 The pair of slipper chairs are upholstered in a soft, taupe cotton chenille, adding another hint of color and an extra layer of texture to the room. Carolyn Weber, ELLE Decor, "The New Look of Tradition," 5 July 2012 Aimee spread her hand across the chenille and traced a worsted swirl. Elisabeth Egan,, "Algren Award finalist: "We Could Learn a Lot" by Lori Ann Stephens," 10 June 2017

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First Known Use of chenille

circa 1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chenille

French, literally, caterpillar, from Latin canicula, diminutive of canis dog; from its hairy appearance — more at hound

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The first known use of chenille was circa 1739

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English Language Learners Definition of chenille

: a thick, soft cloth

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