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Yarn. n.s. [ᵹaꞃn, Saxon.] Spun wool; woollen thread.

You would be another Penelope; yet they say, all the yarn she spun in Ulysses's absence, did but fill Ithaca full of moths. Shakesp. Coriolanus.

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together; our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipt them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherish'd by our virtues. Shakespeare.

Yarn is a commodity very proper to this country, which of all others ought to be most encouraged. Temple.

It may be useful for the reeling of yarn. Wilkins.

The fates but only spin the coarser clue,
The finest of the wool is left for you.
Spare me but one small portion of the twine,
And let the sisters cut below your line:
The rest among the rubbish may they sweep,
Or add it to the yarn of some old miser's heap.

Sources: Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well (21) · Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Dryden, John (788) · Temple, William (54) · Wilkins, John (32)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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