a large vat in which fibers, yarns, or fabrics are boiled, bleached, or dyed.
Origin of kier
First recorded in 1565–75, kier is from the Old Norse word ker vessel, vat
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a vat in which cloth is bleached
Word Origin for kier
C16: from Old Norse ker tub; related to Old High German kar
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