A fabric having a crosswise ribbed effect made of silk, wool, or synthetic fibers.(noun)
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Use "bengaline" in a sentence
"A crosswise-ribbed fabric similar to faille or bengaline but with heavier ribs."
"The same weave is also found in all-silk goods, under the designation of all-silk bengaline."
"When cheapened by the use of a cotton weft in place of wool the fabric is known as cotton bengaline, although the cotton is in the filling only."