Nan*keen" (?), n. [So called from its being originally manufactured at Nankin, in China.] [Written also nankin.]
A species of cloth, of a firm texture, originally brought from China, made of a species of cotton (Gossypium religiosum) that is naturally of a brownish yellow color quite indestructible and permanent.
An imitation of this cloth by artificial coloring.
Trousers made of nankeen.
Nankeen bird Zool., the Australian night heron (Nycticorax Caledonicus); -- called also quaker.
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