From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Flannel \Flan"nel\ (fl[a^]n"n[e^]l), n. [F. flanelle, cf. OF.
   flaine a pillowcase, a mattress (?); fr. W. gwlanen flannel,
   fr. gwlan wool; prob. akin to E. wool. Cf. Wool.]
   1. A soft, nappy, woolen cloth, of loose texture. --Shak.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. a cotton fabric with a thick nap on one side, resembling
      flannel[1]; it is used, e. g. for underwear or sheets;
      also called flanellette.

   3. pl. garments made of flannel, especially underwear.

   4. a washcloth. [Brit.]

   5. humbug; nonsensical or evasive talk. [Brit. informal]

   6. insincere flattery or praise. [Brit. informal]

   Adam's flannel. (Bot.) See under Adam.

   Canton flannel, Cotton flannel. See Cotton flannel,
      under Cotton.
      [1913 Webster] flannelbush
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