half-worsted

worsted

[woos-tid, wur-stid]
noun
1.
firmly twisted yarn or thread spun from combed, stapled wool fibers of the same length, for weaving, knitting, etc. Compare woolen.
2.
wool cloth woven from such yarns, having a hard, smooth surface and no nap.
adjective
3.
consisting or made of worsted.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English worsted(e), special use of Worstede Worstead (Old English Wurthestede), name of parish in Norfolk, England, where the cloth was made

half-worsted, adjective
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worsted (ˈwʊstɪd)
 
n
1.  a closely twisted yarn or thread made from combed long-staple wool
2.  a fabric made from this, with a hard smooth close-textured surface and no nap
3.  (modifier) made of this yarn or fabric: a worsted suit
 
[C13: named after Worstead, a district in Norfolk]

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worsted
woolen fabric made from twisted yarn, 1296, from Worstead (O.E. Wurðestede), town in Norfolk where the cloth originally was made.
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