rets

ret

[ret]
verb (used with object), retted, retting.
to soak in water or expose to moisture, as flax or hemp, to facilitate the removal of the fiber from the woody tissue by partial rotting.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English reten, retten; cognate with Dutch reten (compare Dutch roten, German rössen, Swedish röta); akin to rot

unretted, adjective
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ret (rɛt)
 
vb , rets, retting, retted
(tr) to moisten or soak (flax, hemp, jute, etc) to promote bacterial action in order to facilitate separation of the fibres from the woody tissue by beating
 
[C15: of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch reeten, Swedish röta, German rösten; see rot1]

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ret
"to soak," c.1440, probably from M.Du. roten (or an unrecorded cognate O.N. word), related to O.E. rotian "to rot" (see rot).
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RET
Reticulum (constellation)
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