fearnought

noun
variants: or less commonly fearnaught

Definition of fearnought

plural -s
1 :a thick heavy overcoating that is made of wool often mixed with shoddy and that has a rough shaggy face; also :a garment made of this material called also dreadnought
2 a :a machine for disentangling woolen fiber prior to carding that consists usually of one large cylinder with hooked teeth and several worker and stripper rollers
b :a picker preceding the card

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Origin and Etymology of fearnought

2fear + nought, naught


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