1 an absorbent cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side, used to dress wounds, etc.
2 shreds of fibre, yarn, etc.
3 (Chiefly U.S.) staple fibre for making cotton yarn
(C14: probably from Latin linteus made of linen, from linum flax)
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