cheesecloth

[cheez-klawth, -kloth]
noun
a lightweight cotton fabric of open texture.
Also called, especially British, butter muslin.


Origin:
1650–60; so called because first used to wrap cheese

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cheesecloth (ˈtʃiːzˌklɒθ)
 
n
a loosely woven cotton cloth formerly used only for wrapping cheese

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Example sentences
Place a coffee filter or piece of cheesecloth around the mouth of the jar or
  original container.
Whole families grab homemade nets of mosquito netting or cheesecloth and wade
  into the sea.
Strain syrup through cheesecloth and add to the fruit juices.
Strain the liquid through cheesecloth or another burlap bag.
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