A short fiber combed from long fibers during the preparation of textile yarns.
Short or knotted textile fibers combed from the long staple or, sometimes, spun in with longer staple to make yarn.
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.
Origin of noil
Perhaps from Middle English noil from Old French noel from Medieval Latin nōdellus from Latin diminutive of nōdus knot node