Definition of nankeen:

part of speech: noun

A buff colored cotton cloth.

part of speech: noun

A buff- colored cotton cloth first made at Nankin, in China.

part of speech: noun

A brownish yellow cotton cloth, formerly brought from China. Also, nankin.

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