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A short fiber combed from long fibers during the preparation of textile yarns.
[Perhaps from Middle English *noil, from Old French noel, from Medieval Latin nōdellus, from Latin, diminutive of nōdus, knot; see node.]
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(Textiles) textiles the short or knotted fibres that are separated from the long fibres, or staple, by combing
[C17: of unknown origin]
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the short fibers of cotton, wool, worsted, etc., separated from the long fibers in combing.
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