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In Johnny Cash’s song Country Trash, he says:

I got a mackinaw and a hunting dog

What is a mackinaw? I’m a Michigander myself, so I’m familiar with Mackinac Island and Mackinaw City and the etymology of those names, I’m just unclear as to what a mackinaw is.

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Basically it is a raincoat.

Mackinaw cloth is a heavy dense water-repellent woolen cloth, similar to Melton cloth. It was used to make a short coat of the same name, sometimes with a doubled shoulder. These jackets have their origins on the Canadian frontier and were later made famous by American loggers in the upper Midwest as workwear during the mid-19th century logging boom.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinaw_cloth

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    Upper Midwest, hence “mackinaw.” Thanks! – Zenon Oct 23 '17 at 4:44

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