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


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


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Origin of haircloth

First recorded in 1490–1500; hair + cloth
Also called cilice. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for haircloth

/ (ˈhɛəˌklɒθ) /


a cloth woven from horsehair, used in upholstery
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