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oilcloth

[oil-klawth, -kloth] /ˈɔɪlˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/
noun, plural oilcloths
[oil-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈɔɪlˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
a cotton fabric made waterproof by being treated with oil and pigment, for use as tablecloths, shelf coverings, and the like.
2.
a piece of this fabric.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; oil + cloth
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Examples from the web for oilcloth
  • We had on oilcloth suits and south-wester caps, and had nothing to do but to stand bolt upright and let it pour down upon us.
  • She put her hands together and placed them in the middle of the green oilcloth.
  • For good, simple food served on oilcloth rather than fine linen, head for this restaurant.
  • In the center of the room stood a large table covered with oilcloth.
  • The oilcloth, tiny blue windmills on white squares, worn to colorless smears at our four places at the kitchen table.
  • It was a long coat made of oilcloth, split in the back for use while riding and walking.
  • Both were covered with oilcloth to protect them from wet weather.
  • For example, material from torn oilcloth haversacks was cut apart to make small pouches for soldiers.
  • Many troopers wore oilcloth coveralls to repel the wet.
  • The harvesters then inched forward on knees covered with oilcloth aprons to gather the berries, row by row.
British Dictionary definitions for oilcloth

oilcloth

/ˈɔɪlˌklɒθ/
noun
1.
waterproof material made by treating one side of a cotton fabric with a drying oil, or a synthetic resin
2.
another name for linoleum
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Word Origin and History for oilcloth
n.

1690s, "cotton or a similar fabric waterproofed with oil," from oil (n.) + cloth. In reference to an oil-treated canvas used as a cheap floor covering, 1796.

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