1. A durable, loosely woven fabric, often cotton, linen, hemp, or a synthetic fiber, used for curtains or upholstery lining or in industry.
2. A transparent fabric used as a drop in the theater to create special effects of lights or atmosphere.
3. Something that conceals or obscures something else.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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