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[cheez-klawth, -kloth] /ˈtʃizˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
a lightweight cotton fabric of open texture.
Also called, especially British, butter muslin.
Origin of cheesecloth
First recorded in 1650-60; so called because first used to wrap cheese Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Place in cheesecloth on the ice or in a covered pail until needed.

  • Here the children donned the cheesecloth costumes they had made.

    Keineth Jane D. Abbott
  • Place the tomatoes in a wire basket or piece of cheesecloth and plunge into boiling water for one and a half minutes.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • Skim, and remove the grease from the top, and strain through a cheesecloth.

  • It keeps well if wrapped in cheesecloth and put in a cool place.

British Dictionary definitions for cheesecloth


a loosely woven cotton cloth formerly used only for wrapping cheese
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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