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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: place (flax, hemp, or jute) in liquid so as to promote loosening of the fibers from the woody tissue

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (retted; retting) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Dutch Date: 14th century transitive verb to soak (as flax) to loosen the fiber from the woody tissue intransitive verb to become retted II. abbreviation retired

Oxford Reference Dictionary

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

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Ret Ret, v. t. See Aret. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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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