a short fiber of cotton, wool, worsted, etc., separated from the long fibers in combing.

Origin of noil

First recorded in 1615–25; origin uncertain
Related formsnoil·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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textiles the short or knotted fibres that are separated from the long fibres, or staple, by combing

Word Origin for noil

C17: of unknown origin
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