mercerize

verb
mer·cer·ize | \ˈmər-sə-ˌrīz \
mercerized; mercerizing

Definition of mercerize 

transitive verb

: to give (a material, such as cotton yarn) luster, strength, and receptiveness to dyes by treatment under tension with caustic soda

Other Words from mercerize

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

First Known Use of mercerize

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mercerize

John Mercer †1866 English calico printer

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