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hammercloth

[ham-er-klawth, -kloth] /ˈhæm ərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural hammercloths
[ham-er-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈhæm ərˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a cloth covering for the driver's seat on a horse-drawn carriage.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
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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