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Topic: HOUSEHOLD

Date: 1900-2000
Origin: terry 'terrycloth' (18-21 centuries) (perhaps from French tiré, past participle of tirer 'to pull') + cloth

terrycloth

noun
     
ter‧ry‧cloth also ter‧ry [uncountable]
DHTIM a type of thick cotton cloth with uncut threads on both sides, that can take liquid into itself, and is used to make towels
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