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hair·cloth

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

(ˈhɛəˌklɒθ)
n
(Textiles) a cloth woven from horsehair, used in upholstery
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hair•cloth

(ˈhɛərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ)

n.
cloth woven with horsehair or camel's hair, used for upholstery and garments.
[1490–1500]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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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 men peering through the window see not the lone woman who once lived there but mere vestiges, the objects that once defined her life: "Everything's as she left it when she died." Here is the "haircloth lounge," there the "crayon portrait [of the father and husband who died in the Civil War] ...