a bulky woolen fabric woven of coarse yarn and heavily napped, formerly much used in England and Scandinavia for the manufacture of durable winter garments.
Also, wadmaal, wadmel, wadmol, wadmoll.
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English
< Old Norse vathmāl,
equivalent to vāth
cloth (cognate with Old English wæd;
) + māl
measure (see piecemeal