- a short, coarse, brittle fiber, used chiefly in the manufacture of carpets.
Origin of kemp2
1350–1400; Middle English kempe coarse (said of hair); akin to Old English cenep mustache, bristly object, Old Norse kampr mustache, cat's whiskers
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Examples from the Web for kempy
- a coarse hair or strand of hair, esp one in a fleece that resists dyeing
C14: from Old Norse kampr beard, moustache
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