One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Coarse woolen fabric, formerly used in the manufacture of blankets for sale to North American Indians.
- ‘The tail of nearly every Sioux horse is tied with a strip of red stroud cloth as a sign of war.’
- ‘She is renowned for her wall hangings, constructed with shapes cut from felt or wool stroud.’
Late 17th century: perhaps from the name of Stroud in Gloucestershire.
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