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- n. Straight threads obtained by unraveling old linen cloth, used for surgical dressings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Straight threads obtained by unraveling old linen cloth; -- used for surgical dressings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of lint made by completely raveling pieces of old linen or by tearing them into very narrow strips.
From the feminine past participle of Old French charpir ("to pluck"), carpir ("to pluck"), from Latin carpō ("I seize"). Compare carpet. (Wiktionary)