mortcloth

noun
mort·​cloth | \ ˈmȯrtˌklȯth \

Definition of mortcloth

1 chiefly Scottish : a funeral pall let the bedclothes, for a mortcloth, drop into great laps and folds of sculptor's work— Robert Browning
2 Scottish : money paid for the use of a pall

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History and Etymology for mortcloth

obsolete English mort death (from Middle French, from Latin mort-, mors) + English cloth

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“Mortcloth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mortcloth. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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