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drab

1. a light olive-brown colour
2. a fabric of a dull grey or brown colour
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Drab

 

a heavy, thick woolen fabric of a complicated inter-woven machine-spun yarn. Drab consists usually of two layers and as a result has high heat-insulating properties. The outer face of the fabric is often made from a higher quality of wool than the inner. Depending on the structure and the design of the weave, drab may be made with or without nap, of one or many colors, and with a plain face or a design on the lining. Drab is used for winter and spring-autumn coats.

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