plural noun

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

called also hards

Word History


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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“Hurds.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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