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A soft, fuzzy cord or yarn made from Silk, Worsted, Cotton, or synthetic fibers. Chenille yarn is used for tufted embroidery, fringe, and tassels. A fabric made from chenille yarns is also called chenille. The fabric is used for sweaters, pile bedspreads, and expensive rugs.

Synonyms and Related Terms

chenilla (Esp.); chenillegaren (Ned); chenille yarn; chenille thread;

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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