One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the wooden floor was covered by two mats’
rug, runner, carpet, drugget
doormat, welcome mat, hearthrug, bath mat, rag rug, scatter rug
Indian dhurrie, numdah
North American floorcloth
South African kaross
2‘he put the casserole on a mat to protect the table’
table mat, place mat
coaster, beer mat, drip mat, doily
3‘a thick mat of hair’
mass, tangle, knot, mop, thatch, shock, mane, cluster, mesh
1‘his hair was matted with blood’
tangle, entangle, knot, ravel, snarl up
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