crotal


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crotal

(ˈkrɒtəl) or

crottle

n
(Textiles) Scot any of various lichens used in dyeing wool, esp for the manufacture of tweeds
[Gaelic crotal]
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Noun1.crotal - any of several lichens of the genus Parmelia from which reddish brown or purple dyes are made
genus Parmelia, Parmelia - type genus of the Parmeliaceae; a large genus of chiefly alpine foliaceous lichens
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Here, the continuing significance of sheep to the economy is portrayed, and the collective aspects of this work are apparent, from the gathering and shearing of the sheep by men, to the scraping of crotal, a lichen used for dyeing the wool, from rocks by children, and the waulking of the tweed by the women.