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[oil-klawth, -kloth] /ˈɔɪlˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/

noun, plural oilcloths
[oil-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈɔɪlˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA), for 2.
a cotton fabric made waterproof by being treated with oil and pigment, for use as tablecloths, shelf coverings, and the like.
a piece of this fabric.
waterproof material made by treating one side of a cotton fabric with a drying oil, or a synthetic resin
another name for linoleum

1690s, “cotton or a similar fabric waterproofed with oil,” from oil (n.) + cloth. In reference to an oil-treated canvas used as a cheap floor covering, 1796.


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