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 (brēch′klôth′, -klŏth′) also breech·clout (-klout′)
A cloth worn to cover the loins; a loincloth.
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(ˈbriːtʃˌklɒθ) or


(Clothing & Fashion) other names for loincloth
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(ˈlɔɪnˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ)

n., pl. -cloths (-ˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs)
a cloth worn around the loins or hips.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breechcloth - a garment that provides covering for the loins
dhoti - a long loincloth worn by Hindu men
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"
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References in classic literature ?
Tarzan dispatched his prisoner quickly and silently; removed the weapons and ornaments, and--oh, the greatest joy of all--a handsome deerskin breechcloth, which he quickly transferred to his own person.
I struggled to my knees and seized my assailant, a huge, naked man--naked except for a breechcloth of snakeskin, the head hanging down to the knees.
The crowning- glory of the Firecloud breechcloth is a magnificent stiff quilled fringe which runs the entire width of the front apron and has a row of yellow feather filled metal jingles at the base.
All six wore what looked like nicely-woven contemporary cotton breechcloth.
Unlike other figures in this set of drawings who are attired in calico shirts and buckskin or wool leggings, he shows himself wearing only a breechcloth and a feathered headdress.
This was despite the fact that all of the items on view in these cases were stunning examples of design and workmanship, especially a Siouan breechcloth embellished with the head of a bison and an Escher-inspired horn spoon inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
And Ben Meyjes's Edgar, who was portrayed as a bookish nerd in act one, and reduced to a "poor, bare fork'd animal" scrabbling about the stage on all fours in the central acts, found himself the brunt of a joke in act five, when he had to appear as the Champion still wearing poor Tom's paltry rags (little more than a "breechcloth," as Greer noted).
Al-Bakri, an Islamic historian, writing in 1067 AD, notes that: "The people [of Ancient Ghana] who follow the religion of the king wear cotton, silk or brocaded breechcloth according to their means."
"Kids look at us the way they see us in the movies: riding horses, wearing a breechcloth, carrying a bow and arrow, and living in a tipi on a fenced-in reserve."
Running in breechcloth and moccasins, Deerfoot outran every available British runner.
This article presents an interesting pair of Plateau beaded buckskin leggings and hider (breechcloth) that belonged to venerated Yakama chief Jobe Charley and which appear in a number of old photographs, including the fine full-length portrait by Don M.