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cheesecloth

[cheez-klawth, -kloth] /ˈtʃizˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
a lightweight cotton fabric of open texture.
Also called, especially British, butter muslin.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; so called because first used to wrap cheese
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British Dictionary definitions for cheese cloth

cheesecloth

/ˈtʃiːzˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
a loosely woven cotton cloth formerly used only for wrapping cheese
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Word Origin and History for cheese cloth
n.

1650s, originally cloth in which curds were pressed, from cheese (n.1) + cloth.

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