American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wiry fabric woven especially from horsehair or camel's hair, used for upholstering and for stiffening garments.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Stuff or cloth made wholly or partly of hair, especially of the hair of the horse or of the camel. The smooth glossy haircloth formerly much used for covering chairs, sofas, etc., has the weft of the long hairs of horses' tails and the warp usually of linen yarn. Coarser haircloth is made for various purposes (in some countries for garments) of the shorter hairs of the horse and of various other animals, twisted together and used for both warp and weft. The sackcloth of the Bible was of this character. Shirts of such haircloth, rough and prickly, were formerly often worn next the skin by ascetics and penitents. See
hair, n., 5, 6.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Stuff or cloth made wholly or in part of hair.
- n. cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments
““But how can we appear before him, clad as we are in haircloth reeking with sulphur?””
“St. Louis of France: and other pious princes dressed themselves in haircloth and crept to the cross barefoot.”
“The water and foam are drawn off, and the deposit is thrown into a sack of haircloth, which is placed in a tub and water thrown over it till it runs off without any cloudiness.”
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“The word originally means "haircloth," i.e., the coarse fabric, mostly of goat's hair, out of which tents, sails, carpets, etc. are made ...”
“Different kinds of weaving, sack, haircloth, player rug developed here.”
“Albert wore haircloth next to the skin, and clothed himself with coarse cloth and in wretched garments ....”
“Hanging on the mannequin in his studio was a ballet pink dramatic start of a gown constructed out of haircloth, the stiff fabric typically made from horsehair.”
“And they who came remained gazing and listening till, at length, first one and then another threw off their bravery, and took his poor cassock and girdle instead; or, if they kept it, it was to put haircloth under it, or to take on them a rule of life, while to the world they looked as before.”
“Of course, I read way too much stuff about the Holocaust and WWII the Nazis used to make haircloth from the hair of the Jews they were gassing in the camps.”
“We ought to pray and beg more insistently, pass the day in mourning, spend nights in watching and tears, fill every moment with tears and laments, lie on the ground and cling to the ashes, turn about in haircloth and dirt.”
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