from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy woolen cloth used chiefly for making overcoats and hunting jackets.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tough, short napped material used for making overcoats.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of stout woolen cloth with unfinished face and without raised nap. A commoner variety has a cotton warp.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stout kind of cloth for men's wear, the surface of which is without nap, and is neither pressed nor finished.
After Melton Mowbray, an urban district of central England.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Melton Mowbray, where this material was made. (Wiktionary)