fearnought

noun
variants: or less commonly fearnaught \ ˈ⸗ˌ⸗ \
plural -s

Definition of fearnought

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

2a : 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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History and Etymology for fearnought

fear entry 2 + nought, naught

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“Fearnought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fearnought. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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