Etymology
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gauze (n.)

1560s, gais, from French gaze, which is of uncertain origin. It has been conjectured to be from Arabic gazz "raw silk" [Barnhart], or from Gaza, Palestinian city associated with production of this fabric [Klein, Du Cagne], but Century Dictionary calls the latter conjecture, and there has been no evidence for either.

updated on February 24, 2015

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Definitions of gauze from WordNet

gauze (n.)
(medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings;
Synonyms: gauze bandage
gauze (n.)
a net of transparent fabric with a loose open weave;
Synonyms: netting / veiling
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.