from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thin light kind of linen, called in Chinese hia pu or summer cloth, made in China and the East from the fiber of Bœhmeria nivea and other plants of the nettle family.
  • n. A thick fabric made in the Canary islands of some vegetable fiber.


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  • As runways were being assembled for the launch of Fashion Week at Lincoln Center the other day, fashion designer Elie Tahari was three blocks away in a glass-walled condominium on the Hudson River looking over an installation of mid-century furniture and textured grass-cloth wallpaper.

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  • The walls were decorated with curling and torn Grateful Dead posters; the floor was covered in a dirty grass-cloth mat; a lava lamp on the table was cracked, liquid pooled beside it.

    The Dangerous Hour

  • Carli and Merolla make them equivalent to brass money; the former were grass-cloth a yard long, and ten = 100 reis; in 1694 they were changed at Angola for a small copper coin worth 2 1/2 d., and the change caused a disturbance for which five soldiers were shot.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Papagayo had a bag of grass-cloth and bits of cane, from which protruded strips of leather and scarlet broadcloth.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Three walls of the large room were covered with alternating strips of dark wood paneling and buff grass-cloth.

    Sagittarius Whorl

  • At dinner the ladies presented themselves as much dressed as they could be without being _décolletées_; and the men had doffed their grass-cloth or linen garments, and put on dress-coats, or, at least, black coats.

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851

  • Times out of mind am I here setting up this bright branch, this silky wood with the charms painted in it as fine as the web you'd get in the grass-cloth of Shinobu, that they'd be still selling you in this mountain.

    Certain Noble Plays of Japan From the manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa

  • I'm afraid I smiled a little as I looked around the room, with its gray grass-cloth walls, its toilet-table spread with ivory and gold, and the maid in attendance in her black dress and white apron, collar and cuffs.

    The Case of Jennie Brice

  • Clad in his ragged fur garment, bare legged and bare armed, with the grass-cloth sack slung over his sinewy shoulder and the heavy stone-ax in his hand, he looked the very image of prehistoric man -- as she, too, seemed the woman of that distant age.

    Darkness and Dawn

  • The little den behind the drawing-room had but one occupant besides the rear-end brakeman --- a tall, saturnine man in a gray grass-cloth duster who was smoking a Porto Rican stogie.

    The Grafters


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