floorcloth

[flawr-klawth, -kloth, flohr-]
noun, plural floor·cloths [flawr-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths, flohr-] /ˈflɔrˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs, ˈfloʊr-/.
  1. a cloth for washing or wiping floors.
  2. a piece of cloth or the like, as crash, drugget, or linoleum, used with or without a carpet for covering a floor.
  3. ground cloth.

Origin of floorcloth

First recorded in 1740–50; floor + cloth
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Examples from the Web for floorcloth

Historical Examples of floorcloth

  • Kamptulicon, a floorcloth composed of cork and india-rubber or similar substance.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • Linoleum, a floorcloth, being a composition of cork and linseed oil with chloride of silver.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • In one part of the room an old woman was kneeling down scrubbing the floorcloth.

    Hard Pressed

    Fred M. White