1. A floor covering consisting of a piece of heavy fabric, especially one that does not cover the floor's entire surface.
2. An animal skin used as a floor covering.
3. Chiefly British A piece of thick, warm fabric or fur used as a coverlet or lap robe.
4. Slang A toupee.
[Of Scandinavian origin.]
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