Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Thick coarse heavily napped wool mostly used in winter clothing for the poor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thick woolen cloth.

Etymologies

Scandinavian; compare Icelandic for a woollen stuff, Danish vadmel, Old Norse vaðmál cloth measure. Compare wad a small mass, and woodmeil (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The women," he said, "have dresses, jackets, and aprons made of a cloth called 'wadmal' which is made in Iceland.

    Celebrated Travels and Travellers Part 2. The Great Navigators of the Eighteenth Century

  • All about are bondsmen's scalps - bald pates, shaved and shining as this morning's spring-ish dew - while we bonded women wear our best and only sheath of wadmal cloth, gray and drab and of a sweaty woolen, with a flaxen kerchief tied around our brows and braids.

    Excerpt: The Thrall's Tale by Judith Lindbergh

  • Dressed again in wadmal, leather gloves, leather apron, and wooden shoes, beard and mane full of the soot that blackened his skin, the dwarf gripped a piece with tongs and banged it into shape.

    Operation Luna

  • There a yeoman armed with a rusty ax that might have been swung at Hastings, clad in patched wadmal, preceded a scolding wife burdened with their bedding and cooking pot, and half a dozen children clinging to her skirts.

    The High Crusade

  • Squinting through the dusk, he saw the peasants were a sturdy, fair-complexioned folk, bearded and long-haired, clad in rough wadmal coats and cross-gaitered pants.

    Three Hearts and Three Lions

  • He hung some grey wadmal in front of the hole, and it looked from the road below as if one could see through.

    Grettir the Strong, Icelandic Saga

  • His father would not give him any outfit for his voyage beyond his bare provisions and a little wadmal.

    Grettir the Strong, Icelandic Saga

  • Then Swanhild gave him faring-money and gifts of wadmal and gold rings, promising that he should have so much again when she came to Iceland.

    Eric Brighteyes

  • Leif gave her a gold finger-ring, a Greenland wadmal mantle, and a belt of walrus-tusk.

    The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503

  • He built up the mouth of the cave, and hung grey wadmal before the entrance, so that none below could notice anything peculiar, or any one living there.

    Castles and Cave Dwellings of Europe

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  • Mmmm, wadmal kirtle.

    May 26, 2010

  • "Lady Eliwys brought me a brown wadmal kirtle and mustard-colored surcote to wear, and a sort of kerchief to cover my chopped-off hair (not a wimple and coif, so Eliwys must still think I'm a maiden, in spite of all Imeyne's talk about "daltrisses")."
    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, p 157

    May 26, 2010