[ham-er-klawth, -kloth]
noun, plural hammercloths [ham-er-klawthz, -klothz, -klawths, -kloths] .
a cloth covering for the driver's seat on a horse-drawn carriage.

1425–75; late Middle English hamerclothe, dissimilated variant of *hamelcloth home-woven cloth, equivalent to hamel domestic (akin to Old Norse heimili homestead) + cloth(e) cloth

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