Coarse, rough hair in wool or fur, injuring its quality.
Chalky white, brittle, weak wool fiber that may be mixed with normal fibers in a fleece. Kemp will not take dye and is objectionable. See Also: fiber. fleece. wool.
A Coarse Animal Fibre With A Wide Lattice-type Medulla That Is Shed From The Skin At Least Once A Year; It Is Often Shorter Than Other Fibres Of The Fleece, Has A Long Tapering Tip, And, When Completely Shed, Tapers Sharply Towards The Root End.