pon·gee (pŏn-jē, pŏnjē)
A light, plain-woven fabric, usually of tussah or raw silk.
[Of Chinese origin, perhaps from an earlier Chinese (Mandarin) *běn zhī, homemade fabric : běn, root, base, foundation, original, one's own (from Early Middle Chinese pen') + zhī, to weave, spin (from Middle Chinese tʂiăk, ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *tək; akin to Tibetan ′thag).]
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