1) The name given to two types of textiles because their soft, fleecy texture resembles the breast of the albatross bird. Both albatross textiles have a plain weave, but the first, made from a lightweight wool has a crepe-like surface while the second, of cotton, has a napped surface. They are usually soft, light in color and used for sleepwear.
2) A large seabird of the family Diomedeidae that ranges from the Southern Ocean to the North Pacific.
Resources and Citations
- Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
- Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albatross (Accessed Mar. 15, 2006)