Middle English Dictionary Entry

hẹ̄r(e n.(2)
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A stiff and coarse cloth made of hair, haircloth; (b) ?pl. for sg.
(a) A garment of haircloth; a shirt or breech of haircloth worn next to the skin by ascetics or penitents; (b) beren (the) ~, usen the ~, weren (the) ~, to wear such a garment; weringe of heres; (c) ~ made of lether, a garment of leather.
Haircloth, or a piece of haircloth, used: (a) for a shroud; (b) for drying the malt in kilns; (c) for an awning of a boat; (d) for an altar cloth; (e) for other purposes.
In cpds.: ~ cloth, haircloth, a piece of haircloth; ~ clout, a shroud of haircloth; ~ maker, ~ wright, a maker of haircloth or hair shirts; ~ monger, a seller of haircloth.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • (1464) *Acc.R.Goring : Heirepypec' in quodam loco voc' delle ad capiend cuniculos.
  • Note: New cpd.: horsehair trap.
    Note: New spelling