Part of speech: noun

A tick stuffed with hair, straw, etc., used as a bed.

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Usage examples "mattress":

  1. The first object which caught my attention was a youthful Russian soldier, almost a child, lying on a straw mattress, smiling as if asleep. - "The Log of a Noncombatant", Horace Green.
  2. March had lain down on the bare mattress and, with his cheek on a pillow, was smiling in mild amusement at Fair's account of a brief talk he had had with Leggett while the train waited at Pulaski City. - "John March, Southerner", George W. Cable.
  3. Then he retired to the flock mattress in the corner of the room and called Cake to bring the candle. - "O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921", Various.