nankeen bird

From 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
   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.
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   2. An imitation of this cloth by artificial coloring.
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   3. pl. Trousers made of nankeen. --Ld. Lytton.
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   Nankeen bird (Zool.), the Australian night heron
      (Nycticorax Caledonicus); -- called also quaker.
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