kemp

2
[ kemp ]
/ kɛmp /

noun

a short, coarse, brittle fiber, used chiefly in the manufacture of carpets.

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Origin of kemp

2
1350–1400; Middle English kempe coarse (said of hair); akin to Old English cenep mustache, bristly object, Old Norse kampr mustache, cat's whiskers

OTHER WORDS FROM kemp

kemp·y, adjective

Words nearby kemp

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Example sentences from the Web for kempy

  • While some breeds of sheep yield fine long wool of bright lustre, others have comparatively short-stapled, and "kempy" wool.

    Leather|K. J. Adcock
  • "Dead wool" is nearly as bad as "kempy" wool, in which malformation of fibre has occurred.

British Dictionary definitions for kempy

kemp
/ (kɛmp) /

noun

a coarse hair or strand of hair, esp one in a fleece that resists dyeing

Derived forms of kemp

kempy, adjective

Word Origin for kemp

C14: from Old Norse kampr beard, moustache
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