• WordNet 3.6
    • n haircloth cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Haircloth Stuff or cloth made wholly or in part of hair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n haircloth Stuff or cloth made wholly or partly of hair, especially of the hair of the horse or of the camel. The smooth glossy haircloth formerly much used for covering chairs, sofas, etc., has the weft of the long hairs of horses' tails and the warp usually of linen yarn. Coarser haircloth is made for various purposes (in some countries for garments) of the shorter hairs of the horse and of various other animals, twisted together and used for both warp and weft. The sackcloth of the Bible was of this character. Shirts of such haircloth, rough and prickly, were formerly often worn next the skin by ascetics and penitents. See hair, n., 5, 6.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Haircloth cloth made partly or entirely of hair
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hǽr, Ger., Dut., and Dan. haar, &c.


In literature:

Of course they would sit on the big haircloth sofa.
"Laddie" by Gene Stratton Porter
There was a great haircloth sofa, somewhat the worse for wear, and a well-filled bookcase.
"The House Behind the Cedars" by Charles W. Chesnutt
There were also a big plush sofa and two haircloth rocking-chairs, of walnut, covered with cotton tidies.
"Tom Grogan" by F. Hopkinson Smith
He patted her hands, and she sat down beside him on the old haircloth sofa.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
I could smell the old carpets and the haircloth covering of the chairs.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
The seats were covered with rep, but must have had haircloth on them at one time.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
That slippery abomination in the shape of haircloth furniture should be avoided.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
The rocking-chair and the sofa near one of the windows were covered with haircloth.
"The Love Story of Abner Stone" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
Later, as she lay limp and white on the slippery haircloth sofa in Mrs. Slater's musty parlor she heard them discussing her situation.
"The Speaker, No. 5: Volume II, Issue 1" by Various
Then haircloth came in fashion.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
As a special honor, the abbess could be buried in a garment of haircloth, sewn around her like a sack.
"Women of Mediæval France" by Pierce Butler
And there's an old haircloth trunk that I've had since I was a girl.
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
He was on his knees, measuring the well leg with a tape measure from the haircloth trunk.
"Ross Grant Tenderfoot" by John Garland
A rough haircloth worked against his legs and torso, sending the blood surging.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
The coverings of these later specimens were generally haircloth, fastened with brass nails.
"Colonial Homes and Their Furnishings" by Mary H. Northend
Barefoot and clad in the haircloth I followed the nuns.
"The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer" by Eugène Sue
The haircloth of St. Francis corresponds in fact to the club of Hercules, and serves the same purpose.
"The Reform of Education" by Giovanni Gentile
In the background was a hideous black haircloth sofa.
"The Wayfarers" by Mary Stewart Cutting
In the eyes of God this charity will cover all thy sins better than if thou went in haircloth next the flesh.
"Aucassin & Nicolette"
He drew near to it with naked feet, and with haircloth about his body.
"Curiosities of Christian History" by Croake James