One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Scraps of waste cotton yarn, used typically to clean machinery.
- ‘Indonesian exports to Egypt are mainly wood and paper products, crude palm oil and textiles, while Egyptian exports to Indonesia are mainly cotton waste, dates and fertilizer.’
- ‘One cargo of barytes and one of cotton waste had been shipped from the port and the first of the season's cargoes of potatoes were being assembled at the docks.’
- ‘He has three men at work on the deck, and with a chisel, they are hammering little bits of cotton waste into the tiny spaces between the beams that form the deck.’
- ‘It used to end up with 13 million pounds of wornout currency each year, some of which now mixes with recovered cotton waste to create a rich-textured, watermarked paper.’
- ‘The scientists have devised a new low-cost way to add value to cotton waste.’
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