French chalk

French chalk
French French (fr[e^]nch), prop. a. [AS. frencisc, LL. franciscus, from L. Francus a Frank: cf. OF. franceis, franchois, fran[,c]ois, F. fran[,c]ais. See {Frank}, a., and cf. {Frankish}.] Of or pertaining to France or its inhabitants. [1913 Webster]

{French bean} (Bot.), the common kidney bean ({Phaseolus vulgaris}).

{French berry} (Bot.), the berry of a species of buckthorn ({Rhamnus catharticus}), which affords a saffron, green or purple pigment.

{French casement} (Arch.) See {French window}, under {Window}.

{French chalk} (Min.), a variety of granular talc; -- used for drawing lines on cloth, etc. See under {Chalk}.

{French cowslip} (Bot.) The {Primula Auricula}. See {Bear's-ear}.

{French fake} (Naut.), a mode of coiling a rope by running it backward and forward in parallel bends, so that it may run freely.

{French honeysuckle} (Bot.) a plant of the genus {Hedysarum} ({H. coronarium}); -- called also {garland honeysuckle}.

{French horn}, a metallic wind instrument, consisting of a long tube twisted into circular folds and gradually expanding from the mouthpiece to the end at which the sound issues; -- called in France {cor de chasse}.

{French leave}, an informal, hasty, or secret departure; esp., the leaving a place without paying one's debts.

{French pie} [French (here used in sense of ``foreign'') + pie a magpie (in allusion to its black and white color)] (Zo["o]l.), the European great spotted woodpecker ({Dryobstes major}); -- called also {wood pie}.

{French polish}. (a) A preparation for the surface of woodwork, consisting of gums dissolved in alcohol, either shellac alone, or shellac with other gums added. (b) The glossy surface produced by the application of the above.

{French purple}, a dyestuff obtained from lichens and used for coloring woolen and silken fabrics, without the aid of mordants. --Ure.

{French red} rouge.

{French rice}, amelcorn.

{French roof} (Arch.), a modified form of mansard roof having a nearly flat deck for the upper slope.

{French tub}, a dyer's mixture of protochloride of tin and logwood; -- called also {plum tub}. --Ure.

{French window}. See under {Window}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • French chalk — Chalk Chalk (ch[add]k), n. [AS. cealc lime, from L. calx limestone. See {Calz}, and {Cawk}.] 1. (Min.) A soft, earthy substance, of a white, grayish, or yellowish white color, consisting of calcium carbonate, and having the same composition as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • French chalk — is a type of talc used by tailors for marking cloth, by cleaners for removing grease from cloth and as a dry lubricant in its powdered form.French chalk is also an essential ingredient required for the repair of punctured inner tubes of pneumatic …   Wikipedia

  • French chalk — n. a very soft soapstone chalk used for marking lines on cloth or removing grease spots …   English World dictionary

  • French chalk — French′ chalk′ n. clo a talc for marking lines on fabrics • Etymology: 1720–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • French chalk — noun a soft white compact talc used to mark cloth or to remove grease stains • Hypernyms: ↑talc, ↑talcum * * * noun Usage: usually capitalized F : a soft white granular variety of steatite used as a grease remover in dry cleaning or for drawing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • French chalk — /frɛntʃ ˈtʃɔk/ (say french chawk) noun a talc for marking lines on cloth, etc …   Australian English dictionary

  • French chalk — noun Date: circa 1728 a soft white granular variety of steatite used especially for drawing lines on cloth and for removing grease in dry cleaning …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • French chalk — a talc for marking lines on fabrics. [1720 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • French chalk — noun A type of steatite, used to mark cloth and as a lubricant in shoes, gloves etc …   Wiktionary

  • french chalk — talc used on cloth by tailors to make marks on cloth; talc that cleaners use for removing grease stains from clothes …   English contemporary dictionary

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