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kier

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[keer]
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noun
  1. a large vat in which fibers, yarns, or fabrics are boiled, bleached, or dyed.
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Origin of kier

First recorded in 1565–75, kier is from the Old Norse word ker vessel, vat
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kier

noun
  1. a vat in which cloth is bleached
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Word Origin

C16: from Old Norse ker tub; related to Old High German kar
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