charpie

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the feminine past participle of Old French charpir (to pluck), carpir (to pluck), from Latin carpō (I seize). Compare carpet.

Noun[edit]

charpie (plural charpies)

  1. (medicine) Straight threads obtained by unraveling old linen cloth, used for surgical dressings.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for charpie in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the feminine past participle of Old French charpir (to pluck), carpir (to pluck), from Latin carpō (I seize).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

charpie f (plural charpies)

  1. lint
  2. (figuratively) shred
    Synonyms: bouillie

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