nankeen, n. [So called from its being originally manufactured at Nankin (Nanjing), in China.].
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]
An imitation of this cloth by artificial coloring. [1913 Webster]
Trousers made of nankeen. Ld. Lytton. [1913 Webster]
Nankeen bird(Zoöl.), the Australian night heron (Nycticorax Caledonicus); -- called also quaker.