Pronunciation: (shu-nēl'), [key]
1. a velvety cord or yarn of silk or worsted, for embroidery, fringes, etc.
2. fabric made with a fringed silken thread used as the weft in combination with wool or cotton.
3. any fabric with a protruding pile, as in certain rayon bedspreads.
4. a deep-pile, durable, woolen carpeting with chenille weft: the most expensive power-loomed floor covering.
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