Definition of kemp
: a coarse fiber especially of wool that is usually short, wavy, and white, has little affinity for dye, and is used in mixed wools
Origin of kemp
Middle English kempe coarse hair, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kampr mustache; akin to Old English cenep mustache
First Known Use: 1641
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