- a lightweight cotton fabric of open texture.
Origin of cheesecloth
First recorded in 1650–60; so called because first used to wrap cheese
Also called, especially British, butter muslin.
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- a loosely woven cotton cloth formerly used only for wrapping cheese
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Word Origin and History for cheese cloth
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