nankeen

noun nan·keen \ ˌnan-ˈkēn \

Definition of nankeen

1 : a durable brownish yellow cotton fabric originally loomed by hand in China
2 nankeens plural : trousers made of nankeen

Origin and Etymology of nankeen

Nanking (Nanjing), China


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