pol·ka dot (pōkə, pōlkə)
1. One of a number of dots or round spots forming a pattern, as on cloth.
2. A pattern or fabric with such dots.
[So named during a European fad for polka dancing in the 1840s, when various items fashionable at the time were named after the dance (compare polka jacket, a woman's tight-fitting knitted jacket, and polka hat, a certain style of hat).]
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