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: from Mandarin Chinese dialect, dialectal pen-chi, one’s own loom
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Origin: Chinese (Mandarin) běn zhī, homemade fabric : běn, root, original, one's own + zhī, to weave, spin.