plural noun

Definition of hurds 

: the coarse parts of flax or hemp that adhere to the fiber after it is separated

called also hards

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History and Etymology for hurds

Middle English herdes, hurdes (plural), from Old English heordan (plural); akin to Old English -heord hair of a woman's head, Old Norse haddr hair of a woman's head, Greek keskeon tow, Russian kosa braid

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