One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A foreign substance in a woollen fleece, especially a particle of wood.‘after this, the wool is cleansed of moits’
- ‘The faults were usually only dust and moits.’
- ‘The fleeces are inclined to be of a thin growth and generally full of moits.’
- ‘When the wool is at its longest, a good deal of moits will be picked up in the fleece.’
- ‘The wool is much deteriorated in value from having burrs, moits, and other vegetable matters entangled amongst it.’
- ‘Moits left in the fleece downgrade it considerably.’
Mid 19th century: originally a dialect word from northern England.
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