A warm, woolly sort of stuff, light and loosely woven, used in bedding. The manufacture is chiefly confined to Witney, in Oxfordshire, where it is the principal article of trade. The excellent quality of Witney blankets has been attributed to the abstersive nitrous water of the river Windrush, wherewith they are scoured. Blankets are made of felt wool, that is, wool from sheep skins, which they divide into several sorts. Of the head wool, and bay wool, they make blankets of twelve, eleven, and ten quarters broad; of the ordinary and middle sort, blankets of eight and seven quarters broad; of the best tail wool, blankets of six quarters broad, commonly called cuts, serving for seamen's hammocks.