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CHENILLE (from the Fr. chenille, a hairy caterpillar), a twisted velvet cord, woven so that the short outer threads stand out at right angles to the central cord, thus giving a resemblance to a caterpillar. Chenille is used as a trimming for dress and furniture.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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