from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. wire, hair, silk, or other sieve cloth of different degrees of fineness; -- used by millers for sifting flour.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloth for bolting or sifting; a linen, silk, or hair cloth, of which bolters are made for sifting meal, etc.
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Metheglin – honey and water – is made from the honey ant; they are placed in a piece of bolting cloth and the honey squeezed out of them.