One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cloth used to cover an altar; specifically (a) a cloth of white linen covering the top of the altar during the communion or Mass; (b) an ornamental altar frontal or superfrontal (now historical).
Middle English; earliest use found in Trinity Cambridge Manuscript. From altar + cloth.
altar cloth/ˈɔːltə klɒθ//ˈɒltə klɒθ/
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