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shantung (n.)

type of coarse silk, 1882, from Shantung province, in China, where the fabric was made. The place name is "east of the mountain," from shan (mountain) + dong (east). The mountain in question is Tan Shan. West of it is Shansi, from xi "west."

updated on September 22, 2013

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Definitions of shantung from WordNet

shantung (n.)
a heavy silk fabric with a rough surface (or a cotton imitation);
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