poly·​pro·​pyl·​ene ˌpä-lē-ˈprō-pə-ˌlēn How to pronounce polypropylene (audio)
: any of various thermoplastic plastics or fibers that are polymers of propylene

Examples of polypropylene in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Made of braided polypropylene and weighing only 2.34 pounds, the accent piece is kid- and pet-friendly, as well as UV- and weather-resistant. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 6 May 2024 Thinner sturdy rugs can be made of jute, sisal, wool or polypropylene. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, 2 May 2024 Machine-woven from polypropylene fibers, it's ideally suited for high-traffic and mess-prone areas such as entryways, family rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 Polyester and polypropylene doormats can withstand most weather conditions and hold up well in high-traffic areas. Lee Alisha Williams, Southern Living, 15 Mar. 2024 The material of the doormat’s surface is made of 100% polypropylene yarns. Lee Alisha Williams, Southern Living, 15 Mar. 2024 The polypropylene plastic pellets will also be cleaned up. Joe Kottke, NBC News, 2 Mar. 2024 Other types, including polyvinyl chloride or vinyl (PVC), polyamide nylon (PA), polypropylene (PP), and polystyrene (PS), which is typically used in plastic foam, were likely introduced to the water before it was packaged since the packaging was not made from these materials. Kaitlin Sullivan, Health, 16 Mar. 2024 They are made of thickened polypropylene and are two inches wide. Karthika Gupta, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polypropylene was in 1935

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“Polypropylene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polypropylene. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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