hemp tear

1) Best quality hemp (OED), used for sheets, smocks, shirts, etc.

1523 to ... ichon of them a paire of hemptere shetes, Hooton Pagnell

1532 ij pare of harden shettes, ij pare of hempe tere, Fryston

1558 Item to Margaret Raynolde ... a smocke of hemp teare, Pontefract

1667 2 paire of hempteer sheets, Gateforth.

spellings hempter
dates 1523 1532 1558 1667

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