A coarse, loosely woven cotton gauze, originally used for wrapping cheese.(noun)
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Use "cheesecloth" in a sentence
"Tie up some yogurt in cheesecloth and hang it over a bowl for 4-8 hours."
"Add the minced pepper and lemongrass (only pieces not in cheesecloth bag)."
"For many years I wrapped the two sides of salmon in cheesecloth after rubbing on the cure as an aid in turning the fish as it cures."