• WordNet 3.6
    • n pongee a soft thin cloth woven from raw silk (or an imitation)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pongee A fabric of undyed silk from India and China.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pongee A soft, unbleached washing silk resembling the tasar silk of India, woven in China, chiefly in the province of Shantung, from cocoons of a wild silkworm (Attacus pernyi) which feeds on a scrub-oak. The finer kinds bleached, dyed or figured after importation, are known in the trade as China silks.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pongee pon-jē′ a soft kind of silk, woven in China from the cocoons of a wild silkworm.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of East Indian origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

The driver was a great tanned giant, pongee colored from his hair to his puttees and boots.
"Fanny Herself" by Edna Ferber
How often among those gay people did I find myself sadly dreaming of that grey pongee skirt and the beautiful heart that had understood!
"The Beautiful Lady" by Booth Tarkington
Then Betty Sheridan, cool in pongee, came briskly in.
"The Sturdy Oak" by Samuel Merwin, et al.
This afternoon Dorothy had offered her a pongee dust coat when she stopped at the Smiths' on her way to the cars.
"Ethel Morton's Enterprise" by Mabell S.C. Smith
Pongee is a beautiful, durable silk in different shades of natural color.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
The lovely lady in white and silver smiled at the small person in brown pongee.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Nancy, minus her narrow velveteen skirt, was really a beguiling figure in blue pongee knickerbockers.
"The Motor Maids at Sunrise Camp" by Katherine Stokes
His dusty pongee cloak and soft hat indicated that he had that morning arrived on a round of inspection.
"The Idler Magazine, Vol III. May 1893" by Various
Her traveling waist was pongee.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
Pyjamas of Madras or pongee silk, very effective and pretty, can be had for a dollar and a half to three dollars a suit.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Part of a pongee silk shirt still hung on the body.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Pongee pajamas and a revolver belt constitute a light equipment even for the tropics, but that was the least pressing of my concerns.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
And when he stepped ashore in spotless yellow pongee silk suit and great sun-helmet, he was somebody.
"Command" by William McFee
She raised a silk parasol of pongee-color as they left the hotel, and the sun reflected a rich glow through the fine texture.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
Oh get a flannel shirt, white flannel or pongee.
"Sour Grapes" by William Carlos Williams
My white pongee suit was no longer suitable.
"Marjorie Dean College Freshman" by Pauline Lester
Alas for the pretty gown of delft blue pongee which she had donned with girlish satisfaction at luncheon time.
"Marjorie Dean College Junior" by Pauline Lester
There was a burned-out look in his eyes, and his wrinkled pongee suit hung limp from stooping shoulders.
"Atlantic Narratives" by Mary Antin
For was she not having four bridesmaids dressed in pink pongee silk with blue sashes, and two pages to carry her court train!
"The Career of Katherine Bush" by Elinor Glyn
With regard to dress, garments of cotton or pongee shall be worn.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various