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 (hâr′klôth′, -klŏth′)
A wiry fabric woven especially from horsehair or camelhair, used for upholstering and for stiffening garments.


(Textiles) a cloth woven from horsehair, used in upholstery


(ˈhɛərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ)

cloth woven with horsehair or camel's hair, used for upholstery and garments.
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Noun1.haircloth - cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
References in classic literature ?
After considering the relative values, as penances, of a piece of haircloth worn next the skin, and a pebble in the shoe, she dismissed them both.
He had turned his hand, with his brain in it, to many things; he had been enterprising, in an eminent sense of the term; he had been adventurous and even reckless, and he had known bitter failure as well as brilliant success; but he was a born experimentalist, and he had always found something to enjoy in the pressure of necessity, even when it was as irritating as the haircloth shirt of the mediaeval monk.
The envious wear beggars' haircloth and have their eyes stitched shut.