AskDefine | Define haircloth

Dictionary Definition

haircloth n : cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments [syn: hair]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Noun

  1. Cloth made of the mane or tail hairs of a horse.

Extensive Definition

Haircloth is a stiff, unsupple fabric typically made from horsehair and/or from the wooly hair of a camel. Although horsehair generally refers to the hair of a horse's mane or tail, haircloth itself is sometimes called horsehair. Horse or camel hair woven into haircloth may be fashioned into clothing or upholstery.
In the history of brewing, for drying the malt haircloth was spread over the kiln floor to keep grain from dropping down into the furnace. Perforated metal or tile (gratings, meshes) were also used, but had a drawback of scorching the grain.

References

Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1