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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nankeen \Nan*keen"\, n. [So called from its being originally manufactured at Nankin (Nanjing), in China.] [Written also nankin.] 1. A species of cloth, of a firm texture, originally brought from China, made of a species of cotton (Gossypium religiosum) that is naturally of a brownish yellow color quite indestructible and permanent. [1913 Webster] 2. An imitation of this cloth by artificial coloring. [1913 Webster] 3. pl. Trousers made of nankeen. --Ld. Lytton. [1913 Webster] Nankeen bird (Zool.), the Australian night heron (Nycticorax Caledonicus); -- called also quaker. [1913 Webster]