An old measure for cloth which differed somewhat in length from the modern yard. See yard. (noun)
The Century Dictionary (Public Domain)
Use "cloth-yard" in a sentence
"While he spoke, the damsel had selected from the arms a bow of extraordinary strength, considerably above six feet in length, with three shafts of a cloth-yard long."
"He wars on Louis; whichever gains the better, I, who must be strengthened in their mutual weakness, receive the advantage — The Englishmen slay the French with their cloth-yard shafts, and the Frenchmen, by skirmishes, waste, weaken, and destroy the English."
"Scot from the cloth-yard shaft, and he will keep himself from the handy stroke."