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A coarse absorbent cotton or linen fabric used especially for toweling.

[Origin unknown.]
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(Textiles) a coarse absorbent linen or cotton fabric used for towels and informal shirts, etc. Also called: huck
[C17: of unknown origin]
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(ˈhʌk əˌbæk)

toweling of linen or cotton, commonly woven in a bird's-eye or honeycomb pattern. Also called huck.
[1680–90; orig. uncertain]
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Noun1.huckaback - toweling consisting of coarse absorbent cotton or linen fabric
toweling, towelling - any of various fabrics (linen or cotton) used to make towels
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References in classic literature ?
John Richardson of Newcastle to his dear cousin Jemmy Cole, in London, with an account that he sent by such a vessel (for I remembered all the particulars to a title), so many pieces of huckaback linen, so many ells of Dutch holland and the like, in a box, and a hamper of flint glasses from Mr.
Strait-laced Kenneth Horne manfully leads his audience through encounters with Daphne Whytethigh, Rambling Syd Rumpo, Dame Celia Molestrangler and BinKie HUCKABACK, and that trail BREAKING duo Julian and Sandy.
Occupying the site later to be the Friends School, Hesleton's employed many weavers of linen, huckaback and sailcloth.
And the same goes for those faded thespians Dame Celia Molestrangler and Binkie Huckaback. Or the gayest of the gay, Julian and Sandy ('Hullo, I'm Julian and this is my friend Sandy').
That's not how it works at Huckaback, Diana Falkiner's shop in Monmouth, a repository of vintage garments, linen etc.
08 3 Earthen Juggs with some Prunes & Currants 12 1 Box with four Perukes 2 of them very old 3 10 4 Killing Knives w[i]th a small Bundle of Twine 2 4 1/2 2 Old course Huckaback Table Cloths & Napkins & 3 Towels 14 6 2 Speckled Shirts new, 12 holl[en]d shirts, 6p.