A loosely woven cotton gauze. Originally used to wrap cheese but now used for many tasks including in cooking used to strain liquids or make sachets and by farmers to shade crops and keep birds off.

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  • cheesecloth — cheese cloth , Cheese cloth Cheese cloth (ch[=e]z kl[o^]th ; 115). A thin, loosely woven cotton cloth of a gauze texture, such as is used in pressing cheese curds. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cheesecloth — ► NOUN ▪ thin, loosely woven cotton cloth …   English terms dictionary

  • cheesecloth — [chēz′klôth΄] n. [from its use for wrapping cheese] a thin cotton cloth with a very loose weave …   English World dictionary

  • Cheesecloth — Cheese in cheesecloth. Cheesecloth is a loosewoven gauze like cotton cloth used primarily in cheese making and cooking. Cheesecloth is available in at least seven different grades, from open to extra fine weave. Grades are distinguished by the… …   Wikipedia

  • cheesecloth — [[t]tʃi͟ːzklɒθ, AM klɔːθ[/t]] N UNCOUNT Cheesecloth is cotton cloth that is very thin and light. There are tiny holes between the threads of the cloth. ...cheesecloth shirts... Strain the mixture through a double thickness of muslin or… …   English dictionary

  • cheesecloth — noun Etymology: from its use in the making of cheese Date: 14th century a very lightweight unsized cotton gauze …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cheesecloth — /cheez klawth , kloth /, n. a lightweight cotton fabric of open texture. Also called, esp. Brit., butter muslin. [1650 60; so called because first used to wrap cheese] * * * …   Universalium

  • cheesecloth — cheese|cloth [ˈtʃi:zklɔθ US klo:θ] n [U] thin cotton cloth used for putting around some kinds of cheeses, and sometimes for making clothes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cheesecloth — cheese|cloth [ tʃiz,klaθ ] noun uncount thin light cotton cloth …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cheesecloth — n. light cotton gauze used in cheese making …   English contemporary dictionary

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