- a fabric made from tough vegetable fibers, used for table linens, wall coverings, etc.
Origin of grass cloth
First recorded in 1850–55
Also called Canton linen, China grass cloth.
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Examples from the Web for canton linen
It is famous for its breed of pigs, and is noted as a centre for the manufacture of fans and grass-cloth.Three Years in Western China
Captain Bennett rose, and drew on a grass-cloth coat that showed his suspenders through.Five Hundred Dollars
Heman White Chaplin
Grass-cloth was also sometimes used as a medium of exchange, and prices were quoted in terms of it.Japan
The famous Chinese grass-cloth is manufactured by the old method of hand-looms.The International Development of China
This he had bound up, whilst swimming, with a strip of his grass-cloth girdle.Rdan The Devil And Other Stories
- a cloth made from plant fibres, such as jute or hemp
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