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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nankeen a durable fabric formerly loomed by hand in China from natural cotton having a yellowish color
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nankeen A species of cloth, of a firm texture, originally brought from China, made of a species of cotton (Gossypium religiosum) that is naturally of a brownish yellow color quite indestructible and permanent.
    • Nankeen An imitation of this cloth by artificial coloring.
    • Nankeen Trousers made of nankeen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nankeen A sort of cotton cloth, usually of a yellow color, made at Nanking in China. The peculiar color of these fabrics is natural to the cotton (Gossypium herbaceum, var. religiosum) of which they are made. Nankeen is now imitated in most other countries where cotton goods are woven. See cotton-plant and kino.
    • n nankeen plural Trousers or breeches made of this material.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nankeen nan-kēn′ a buff-coloured cotton cloth first made at Nankin in China:
    • Nankeen Also Nankin′
    • n Nankeen nan-kēn′ (pl.) clothes, esp. breeches, made of nankeen
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from its being originally manufactured at Nankin,Nanjing), in China


In literature:

The lady in nankeen now began, in a wheedling, coaxing voice, to beg 'Kate' to appear.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Scarlet and nankeen were the colours chiefly favoured for the spring costume of the exquisites of the period.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
I decided finally upon a jacket of nankeen.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 28, April 1893" by Various
Soak new nankeens in ley, for one night, and it sets the color perfectly.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Nankeen comes from Nanking.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
The Nankeen coloured and the black are the greatest favourites.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
Two of the seven natives had coats of padded nankeen, differing little in shape from those of the Chinese.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
She also saw with surprise that his nankeen trousers were stained, as if he had been kneeling on damp ground.
"Studies in love and in terror" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
Leon walked up and down the room; it seemed strange to him to see this beautiful woman in her nankeen dress in the midst of all this poverty.
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
Nankeen dye is made of equal parts of arnetto and common potash, dissolved in boiling water.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Of cotton they raise a considerable quantity, and principally of the yellow nankeen.
"Little Masterpieces of Science: Explorers" by Various
He wore a blue frock-coat, and nankeen trousers over riding-boots.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
In point of colour the black and nankeen varieties are the best.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
He accosted in a cynical manner a tall, fair-haired girl, in a nankeen costume.
"Sentimental Education Vol 1" by Gustave Flaubert
In summer, white linen, or "nankeen" upon his body, and the costly "Panama" on his head.
"The Guerilla Chief" by Mayne Reid
You can keep on your nankeen coat, it is clean and good.
"Seed-time and Harvest" by Fritz Reuter
His trousers were nankeen; the stockings had fallen down over the ankles.
"A Wanderer in Paris" by E. V. Lucas
What is called nankeen paper is best and strongest for this purpose.
"The Ladies' Guide to True Politeness and Perfect Manners" by Eliza Leslie
The second is Edith, with blue eyes and beautiful golden locks which I sometimes call her nankeen hair to make her laugh.
"Brooks's Readers, Third Year" by Stratton D. Brooks
Mr. Brandon wore a nankeen suit, and had a green veil in readiness.
"Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood