backcloth

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Etymology[edit]

back +‎ cloth

Noun[edit]

backcloth (plural backcloths)

  1. The painted scenery at the back of a stage; the backdrop.
    • 1899 Feb, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 203:
      Every day the coast looked the same, as though we had not moved; but we passed various places - trading places - with names like Gran’ Bassam, Little Popo, names that seemed to belong to some sordid farce acted in front of a sinister backcloth.

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