1) A word used in the textile industry for the short pieces of wood combed out of the staple, usually in the plural.

It is on record in an Act of 1623-4 and then frequently from the eighteenth century: 1738-9 Recd 13 Stone of Noyls and a half after ... Ł5 9 8, Honley

1747 John Hepworth stole half a pound weight of woollen noyls, 2d, Huddersfield. It could be applied to the short ends of other materials: 1761 hair shagg made of mohair or sopose you was to make of silk noyles ... is grett profitt, Wakefield.

dates 1738-1739 1747 1761

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