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crewel

[kroo-uh l] /ˈkru əl/
noun
1.
Also called crewel yarn. a worsted yarn for embroidery and edging.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; earlier crule; origin uncertain
Related forms
crewelist, creweler, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for crewelist

crewel

/ˈkruːɪl/
noun
1.
a loosely twisted worsted yarn, used in fancy work and embroidery
Derived Forms
crewelist, noun
crewelwork, noun
Word Origin
C15: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for crewelist

crewel

n.

embroidery, 1590s, of unknown origin. Earliest usage is late 15c., as a name for a kind of thin, worsted yarn originally used in crewel work.

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