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grass cloth

or grasscloth

a fabric made from tough vegetable fibers, used for table linens, wall coverings, etc.
Also called Canton linen, China grass cloth.
Origin of grass cloth
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The little gentleman in the grass-cloth duster and velvet skull-cap was chairman of this committee, and he stated its object.

    A Romance in Transit Francis Lynde
  • It is famous for its breed of pigs, and is noted as a centre for the manufacture of fans and grass-cloth.

  • This he had bound up, whilst swimming, with a strip of his grass-cloth girdle.

  • The famous Chinese grass-cloth is manufactured by the old method of hand-looms.

  • Captain Bennett rose, and drew on a grass-cloth coat that showed his suspenders through.

    Five Hundred Dollars Heman White Chaplin
  • grass-cloth was also sometimes used as a medium of exchange, and prices were quoted in terms of it.

    Japan Various
British Dictionary definitions for grass-cloth

grass cloth

a cloth made from plant fibres, such as jute or hemp
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