- n. A term borrowed from the French "mousseline". From previous forms as "mossuline" "muscelin" "muslina" "muzlin". It refers to the various lightweight cotton, cotton blend or silk fabrics in a plain weave, from the most lightweight sheers to the heavyweight sheetings. Its origins are in the city of Mosul, antique Mesopotamia, now Iraq. Most common uses are underwear, linings, shirtings, sheets, pillow cases or furniture coverings.
- Segal, William. Encyclopedia of Textiles. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1972; The American Silk Journal. A Dictionary of Silk Terms. New York: Clifford & Lawton, 1915; Tortora, Phyllis, y Ingrid Johnson. The Fairchild Books Dictionary of Textiles, 2014. Simpson, John; Weiner, Edmund (eds). The Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989. [www.oed.com]
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