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1: place (flax, hemp, or jute) in liquid so as to promote loosening of the fibers from the woody tissue
I. verb ( retted; retting) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Dutch Date: 14th century to soak (as flax) to loosen the fiber from the woody tissue transitive verb to become retted intransitive verb II. abbreviation retired v. (also rate) (retted, retting) 1 tr. soften (flax, hemp, etc.) by soaking or by exposure to moisture. 2 intr. (often as retted adj.) (of hay etc.) be spoilt by wet or rot.
Etymology: ME, rel. to ROT Ret Ret, v. t. See
Aret. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Ret Ret, v. t. [Akin to rot.] To prepare for use, as flax, by separating the fibers from the woody part by process of soaking, macerating, and other treatment. --Ure.
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