Noil definitions

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A short fiber combed from long fibers during the preparation of textile yarns.
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Short or knotted textile fibers combed from the long staple or, sometimes, spun in with longer staple to make yarn.
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A short fibre left over from combing wool or spinning silk during the preparation of textile yarns. Sometimes it is referred to as 'Raw Silk', although this is somewhat of a misnomer.

The silk noil was slightly nubby with random flecks in an off-white colour.

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Origin of noil

Perhaps from Middle English noil from Old French noel from Medieval Latin nōdellus from Latin diminutive of nōdus knot node