from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sacking.
- n. A rough cloth of camel's hair, goat hair, hemp, cotton, or flax.
- n. Garments made of this cloth, worn as a symbol of mourning or penitence.
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- n. A coarse hessian style of cloth used to make sacks.
- n. , garments worn as an act of penance. Now often used figuratively.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Linen or cotton cloth such as sacks are made of; coarse cloth; anciently, a cloth or garment worn in mourning, distress, mortification, or penitence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Cloth of which sacks are made, usually a cloth of hemp or flax.
- n. A coarse kind of cloth worn as a sign of grief, humiliation, or penitence; hence, the garb of mourning or penance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a garment made of coarse sacking; formerly worn as an indication of remorse
- n. a coarse cloth resembling sacking
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