A durable, plain weave, firm fabric made of cotton or linen. Duck fabric is woven with with plied yarns (plied yarn duck) or with double threads in the warp (flat duck). It was given the 'duck' name because of its ability to shed water. Duck is used for sails, awnings, book covers, white trousers, tents, and bags.
Several varieties of duck are marketed such as:
- Russian duck: a fine, white linen cloth.
- awning duck: woven with brightly colored stripes.
- hose duck: lightweight duck used for rubber hose.
- elevator duck: a heavy, stiff duck used for conveyor belts.
- canvas: a heavy, more-open weave duck.
Synonyms and Related Terms
sailcloth; canvas; Russian duck; awning duck; hose duck; elevator duck; loneta (Esp.); ongekeperd linnen (zeildoek,tentdoek) (Ned)
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