whipcord

noun
whip·​cord | \ ˈ(h)wip-ˌkȯrd How to pronounce whipcord (audio) \

Definition of whipcord

1 : a thin tough cord made of braided or twisted hemp or catgut
2 : a cloth that is made of hard-twisted yarns and has fine diagonal cords or ribs

First Known Use of whipcord

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for whipcord

from its use in making whips

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“Whipcord.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whipcord. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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