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A heavy woolen cloth used in making outerwear.

[After Melton Mowbray, an urban district of central England.]


(Textiles) a heavy smooth woollen fabric with a short nap, used esp for overcoats. Also called: melton cloth
[C19: from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, a former centre for making this cloth]


(ˈmɛl tn)

a heavily fulled woolen cloth tightly constructed and finished with a smooth face concealing the weave.
[1815–25; after Melton Mowbray, town in Leicestershire, England]
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Loden cloth, melton cloth and boiled wool fall into this class, and they are some of the best materials for sewing outerwear that can beat the winter elements.
The top outer police garment at the time was the police cape, a ubiquitous piece of kit which was made of a heavy Melton cloth and could be carried folded over the left shoulder.
The only other bears in Native outfits known to Enns are made by some Inuit ladies, whose melton cloth polar bears are of a different style altogether.