haircloth

[ hair-klawth, -kloth ]
/ ˈhɛərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ /
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noun

cloth of hair from the manes and tails of horses, woven with a cotton warp, and used for interlinings of clothes, upholstery, etc.

Nearby words

  1. hairball,
  2. hairbrained,
  3. hairbreadth,
  4. hairbrush,
  5. hairbrush cactus,
  6. haircoloring,
  7. haircut,
  8. hairdo,
  9. hairdresser,
  10. hairdressing

Origin of haircloth

First recorded in 1490–1500; hair + cloth

Also called cilice.

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British Dictionary definitions for haircloth

haircloth

/ (ˈhɛəˌklɒθ) /

noun

a cloth woven from horsehair, used in upholstery
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Word Origin and History for haircloth

haircloth

n.

c.1500, from hair + cloth.

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