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bark cloth

noun
  1. any cloth, as tapa, made by soaking and pounding the inner bark of certain trees.
  2. fabric woven to resemble such cloth, used for upholstery, bedcovers, etc.
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Examples from the Web for bark cloth

Historical Examples

  • Yesterday we were met by a party of the same occupation, laden with bark-cloth, which they had just been stripping off the trees.

    The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868

    David Livingstone

  • I interrogated him over and over as to the bark-cloth that he said these people wore.

    The Manbos of Mindano

    John M. Garvan

  • Bark-cloth is made in most islands, but a loom for weaving leaf strips is now found only in Santa Cruz.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • Another piece of bark-cloth is passed between the legs and tied, in front and behind, to this belt.

    My Friends the Savages

    Giovanni Battista Cerruti

  • Clothing is entirely vegetable, and the Malay sarong is found throughout the east; bark-cloth in the south-east and west.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane


British Dictionary definitions for bark cloth

bark cloth

noun
  1. a papery fabric made from the fibrous inner bark of various trees, esp of the moraceous genus Ficus and the leguminous genus Brachystegia
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