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denim

Textiles
1. 
a. a hard-wearing twill-weave cotton fabric used for trousers, work clothes, etc.
b. (as modifier): a denim jacket
2. 
a. a similar lighter fabric used in upholstery
b. (as modifier): denim cushion covers
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denim

[′den·əm]
(textiles)
A sturdy twill-weave cotton fabric having a solid-colored warp and a white filling.
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It was the moment she had been waiting for.``Denim originated here and was first called Serge de Nimes,'' sheexplained,``and the word jeans comes from Genes, the French name for Genoa, the port from which is was exported to the USA.''
"Denim" comes from "serge de nimes," after the city of Nimes, France.
He sold tents, barrels, and blue cotton fabric that he named "serge de Nimes" after the place in France where it was made.
But a scholar at the Museum of Fashion and Clothing Arts in Paris has suggested that serge de Nimes, as the fabric was called, may have been made in England as early as the 17th century.
They wanted hard wearing trousers and he used Serge de Nimes which produced the name denim.