Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Bird’s-Eye

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_1324

n (1) Small localized areas in wood with the fibers indented and otherwise contorted to form few to many small circular or elliptical figures remotely resembling birds’ eyes on the tangential surface. Common in sugar maple and used for decorative purposes; rare in other hardwood species. (2) A generic term describing a cloth woven on a dobby loom, with a geometric pattern having a center dot resembling a bird’s eye. Originally birdseye was made of cotton and used as a diaper cloth because of its absorbent qualities, but now the weave is made from a variety of fibers or fiber blends for many different end uses. (3) A speckled effect on the back of a knit fabric resulting from the use of different colors on the face design. (Vincenti R (ed) (1994) Elsevier’s textile dictionary. Elsevier Science and Technology Books, New York)

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA