hearsecloth

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

hearse +‎ cloth

Noun[edit]

hearsecloth (plural hearsecloths)

  1. A cloth for covering a coffin when on a bier; a pall.
    • 1857, John Eadie, John Francis Waller, William John Macquorn Rankine, The Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography
      His body was stripped, laid out upon a table, and covered with a hearsecloth, when some of his attendants perceived symptoms of returning animation, and by the use of warm applications, internal and external, gradually restored him to life.