A soft, light, cotton fabric of a plain weave, formerly used for undergarments.
[From Hindi nainsukh, pleasant : nain, eye (from Sanskrit nayanam, from nayati, he leads) + sukh, pleasure (from Sanskrit sukha-, running easily (of chariots), pleasant : su-, good; see (e)su- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + kham, kha-, opening, axle-hole in the nave of a wheel; perhaps akin to Khotanese khā-, to open, and Sanskrit khā- and Avestan xā-, spring (of water), fountain).]
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