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  • n  a soft tufted cord used in embroidery
  • n  a heavy fabric woven with chenille cord; used in rugs and bedspreads

  • Douglas limps through the slush of a Pittsburgh winter, dressed in his former wife's pink chenille bathrobe.
  • In the South manufacturers of chenille bath mats started making full-scale cotton rugs with fast tufting machines in which 730 huge needles did the work of the old-fashioned looms.
  • He helped conceive the design, which with its chenille banquettes and straw-flecked walls looks like a cross between a Paris bistro and a Japanese teahouse.

  • Darwyn Cooke in Wall Street Journal
    I told the animators to think of Superman's top like a hockey sweater made of wool with a chenille crest for the 'S' -- no spandex -- and to kick back the blue and red,says Mr. Cooke. "It seems like a terrible time to have lived, but it...

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