Etymology
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percale (n.)

1620s, name of a kind of closely and firmly woven fabric imported from the East, from French percale, a word of uncertain origin, perhaps ultimately from Persian pargalah "a rag." In modern use (1840) a fabric of French manufacture.

updated on March 24, 2020

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Definitions of percale from WordNet

percale (n.)
a fine closely woven cotton fabric;
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