plural -s
: a large metal vat in which fibers, yarns, and fabrics are boiled off, bleached, or dyed

Word History


probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse ker tub, vessel, Norwegian dialect kjer; akin to Old High German char vessel, bowl, Gothic kas vessel

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“Kier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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