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A heavy woolen cloth used in making outerwear.
[After Melton Mowbray, an urban district of central England.]
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(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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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