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Chintz (a word of Hindu origin), a highly glazed calico upon which designs in different colours are printed, generally upon a white or light ground. In Persia gold is employed as a foil or ornamentation among the colours. Chintz is especially fitted and is chiefly used for curtains, bed-hangings, and the like, as its highly-glazed surface does not harbour dust. A somewhat similar substance is called cretonne (q.v.), but this is of thicker material and unglazed.