- coarse, rough cloth
Origin of sackclothsee sack
in sackcloth and ashes
in a state of great mourning or penitence
Origin of sackclothin allusion to the orig. type, made of goats' hair and sometimes worn as a symbol of mourning or penitence, often with ashes sprinkled on the head
- a. A rough cloth of camel's hair, goat hair, hemp, cotton, or flax.b. Garments made of this cloth, worn as a symbol of mourning or penitence.