cheesecloth

[ cheez-klawth, -kloth ]
/ ˈtʃizˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for cheese cloth

cheesecloth

/ (ˈtʃiːzˌklɒθ) /

noun

a loosely woven cotton cloth formerly used only for wrapping cheese
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Word Origin and History for cheese cloth

cheese cloth


n.

1650s, originally cloth in which curds were pressed, from cheese (n.1) + cloth.

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