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.

1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse vathmāl, equivalent to vāth cloth (cognate with Old English wæd; see weed2) + māl measure (see piecemeal)

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wadmal (ˈwɒdməl)
a coarse thick woollen fabric, formerly woven esp in Orkney and Shetland, for outer garments
[C14: from Old Norse vathmal, from vath cloth + mal measure]

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