from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sacking.
  • n. A rough cloth of camel's hair, goat hair, hemp, cotton, or flax.
  • n. Garments made of this cloth, worn as a symbol of mourning or penitence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coarse hessian style of cloth used to make sacks.
  • n. , garments worn as an act of penance. Now often used figuratively.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Linen or cotton cloth such as sacks are made of; coarse cloth; anciently, a cloth or garment worn in mourning, distress, mortification, or penitence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Cloth of which sacks are made, usually a cloth of hemp or flax.
  • n. A coarse kind of cloth worn as a sign of grief, humiliation, or penitence; hence, the garb of mourning or penance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a garment made of coarse sacking; formerly worn as an indication of remorse
  • n. a coarse cloth resembling sacking


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