pongee[pän jē′, pun-; pän′jē]
- a soft, thin cloth of Chinese or Indian silk, usually left in its natural light-brown color
- any cloth like this
Origin of pongee; from Mandarin Chinese dialect, dialectal pen-chi, one’s own loom
A light, plain-woven fabric, usually of tussah or raw silk.
Origin of pongeeOf Chinese origin, perhaps from an earlier Chinese (Mandarin) *běn zhī, homemade fabric : běn, root, base, foundation, original, one's own (from Early Middle Chinese pen’) + zhī, to weave, spin (from Middle Chinese t&shookr;iăk, ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *t&schwa;k; akin to Tibetan &minute;thag).