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[Transf from bombazine a twilled fabric of silk and wool; perh also infl by bumbershoot]
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- 1943 Sun (Baltimore MD) 24 Aug 10/7, Bombazine . . was also the chief fabric . . of umbrellas. Hence those useful implements were occasionally called “bombazines.” The word was almost always used humorously, probably because it has such a formidable sound.
- 1970 DARE
- Qu. W1c, Joking names . . for an umbrella
- Inf NJ69, Bombazine [ˈbʌmbəˌzin].