Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of cleansing wool, cotton, etc. with a willy, or willow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The process of cleansing wool, cotton, or the like, with a willy, or willow.

Etymologies

willy +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the scouring room she saw the wool washing and passing forward through the long tanks of alkaline baths; and in the "willying" house her lungs were filled by the dust that the great machines cleaned from the freshly dried fleeces.

    Reels and Spindles A Story of Mill Life

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