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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.