[kroo-uh l] /ˈkru əl/

Also called crewel yarn. a worsted yarn for embroidery and edging.
a loosely twisted worsted yarn, used in fancy work and embroidery

embroidery, 1590s, of unknown origin. Earliest usage is late 15c., as a name for a kind of thin, worsted yarn originally used in crewel work.


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