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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Clinging bits of fiber and fluff; fuzz.
  • n. Downy material obtained by scraping linen cloth and used for dressing wounds.
  • n. The mass of soft fibers surrounding the seeds of unginned cotton.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a fine material made by scraping cotton or linen cloth; used for dressing wounds
  • n. clinging fuzzy fluff that accumulates in one's pockets or navel etc
  • n. the fibrous coat of thick hairs covering the seeds of the cotton plant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Flax.
  • n. Linen scraped or otherwise made into a soft, downy or fleecy substance for dressing wounds and sores; also, fine ravelings, down, fluff, or loose short fibers from yarn or fabrics.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Flax.
  • n. A flocculent material procured by raveling or scraping linen, and used for dressing wounds and sores; charpie.
  • n. Raw cotton that has been ginned and is ready for baling.
  • n. Fluff; flue.
  • n. A net.
  • n. The netting of a pound or seine.
  • n. A kerchief or net for the head.
  • n. An obsolete variant of lunt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cotton or linen fabric with the nap raised on one side; used to dress wounds
  • n. fine ravellings of cotton or linen fibers

Etymologies

Middle English, variant of linet (from Old French linette, grain of flax, diminutive of lin, flax) or from Medieval Latin linteum, lint (from Latin, linen cloth), both from Latin līnum, flax; see librevema.gifno- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English linet, from Old French linette ("grain of flax"), diminutive of lin ("flax"); or, from Medieval Latin linteum, from Latin līnum ("flax"). (Wiktionary)

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