footcloth

foot·cloth

 (fo͝ot′klôth′, -klŏth′)
n. Archaic
A richly ornamented cloth draped over the back of a horse and touching the ground on both sides.

footcloth

(ˈfʊtˌklɒθ)
n
(Military) an obsolete word for caparison1

foot•cloth

(ˈfʊtˌklɔθ, -ˈklɒθ)

n., pl. -cloths (-ˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs)
1. a carpet or rug.
2. a richly ornamented caparison for a horse, hanging to the ground.
[1300–50]
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I was stood up against a wall and made to strip off my tattered uniform, my sodden underwear and footcloths rank as Stilton cheese.
While a senior sergeant might teach a tyro to wrap the footcloths that were the substitutes for socks, harsh, even sadistic basic training was more often the lot of the recruit, who could be subject also to inadequate food and shelter.
Smokelike snow dribbled from the spruces I bumped into; I crawled in a snowdrift in the swinish drill, footcloths hanging from my boots.
Petrovich shook his head over the worn overcoat and announced that it was beyond mending, fit only for footcloths.