from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Canvas designed to be stretched on the framework of a bedstead to support the mattresses and bedclothes.
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Then he drew her a model of an ox-mill, and of a miner's dormitory, the partitions six feet six apart, so that these very partitions formed the bedstead, the bed-sacking being hooked to the uprights.
Another used to go stooping, like Bunyan's pilgrim, under a pack made of an old bed-sacking, stuffed out into most plethoric dimensions, tottering on