fine, closely woven cotton cloth, used for bedsheets, etc.
Origin of percaleFrench from Persian parg?la, fragment, scrap
A closely woven cotton fabric used for sheets and clothing.
Origin of percaleFrench probably from obsolete English percalla ultimately ( probably via Urdu) from Persian pargāla a piece of cloth probably variant of pargāra a circle drawn with a pair of compasses, a bit, a piece of cloth, worldly goods from parkār, parkāl, pargāl a pair of compasses perhaps Old Iranian parā forth, off, away ; see per1 in Indo-European roots. kar- variant of karš- to draw, drag ( probably akin to Latin colere to till ; see cultivate . )
From French percale, of uncertain origin; probably compare percaulah.