crewel

[kroo-uhl]
noun
1.
Also called crewel yarn. a worsted yarn for embroidery and edging.

Origin:
1485–95; earlier crule; origin uncertain

crewelist, creweler, noun
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crewel (ˈkruːɪl)
 
n
a loosely twisted worsted yarn, used in fancy work and embroidery
 
[C15: of unknown origin]
 
'crewelist
 
n
 
'crewelwork
 
n

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crewel
1598, "embroidery," of unknown origin. Earliest usage is 1494, as a name for a kind of thin, worsted yarn.
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It is sometimes used in crewel embroidery, especially in its more modern derivatives.
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