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houndstooth (plural houndsteeth)
- A two-colour fabric pattern of broken checks.
1974, Interior Design, volume 45, New York, N.Y.: Interior Design Division of Whitney Communication Corp., OCLC 5382904, page 251, column 1:
- Other patterns include varied adaptations of paisleys, Tree of Life motifs, tiles, scenics, patchworks, ticking, soft-edge geometries, sports themes, crewel shapes, houndsteeth, and a plethora of florals.
1998, Deborah Newton, “Dressmaker Details & Finishing”, in Designing Knitwear, Newtown, Ct.: Taunton Press, ISBN 978-1-56158-265-5, page 210:
- A houndstooth fabric is composed of tiny, interlocking pinwheel motifs. There are many houndstooth knitting patterns […]; to add an extra touch to these patterns, work them in nubby or textured yarns.
- Fabric with a houndstooth pattern; an item of clothing made with such fabric.