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ret

  1. v. of flax, hemp, or jute, so as to promote loosening of the fibers form the woody tissue

  2. [also: retting, retted]

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retted

a. moisten or soak to soften.

Usage examples of "retted".

Flax is still pulled up by the roots, retted in a pond, dried in the sun, broken until the fibers separate from the wood, then spun, and finally bleached with lye from wood ashes, potash from burned seaweed, or lime.

Already, in Kyushu, where Sun Hsiung sent Akiko for the next phase of her training, the farmers were hard at work atop stained wooden ladders, spinning delicate cocoons of retted linen gauze over their precious trees to keep them from winter's harsh hand.