Etymology
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Silesia

former eastern German province, since 1945 a part of Poland, from Latinized form of German Schlesien (Polish Śląsk), from the name of a river and a mountain there, from Silingi or Silingae, name of a Vandalic (Germanic) people who supposedly had a religious center at the mountain. Related: Silesian.

In reference to cloth imported from there from 1670s, especially "a thin cotton cloth, commonly twilled, used for linings for women's dresses and men's garments." The Silesian Wars were the three waged by Frederick the Great of Prussia against Austria over Silesia between 1740 and 1763.

updated on October 27, 2022

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