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
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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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