A protective and often decorative covering for the back or arms of a chair or sofa.
[ANTI- + Macassar (oil), a kind of perfumed hair oil popular in the 1800s (after MAKASSAR, from which oil from the seeds of the tree Schleichera oleosa, used to make fine hair oils, was exported).]
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