kemp

noun
\ ˈkemp How to pronounce kemp (audio) \

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

First Known Use of kemp

1641, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kemp

Middle English kempe coarse hair, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kampr mustache; akin to Old English cenep mustache

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“Kemp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kemp. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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