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Short fleecy fibers that remain on the Cotton seeds after ginning. Cotton linters are cut from the seeds, but since they are too short and stiff for textiles, linters are used in the manufacture of Paper, Cellulose nitrate and Viscose rayon. Linters can replace from 5 to 35 % of the Rag content of fine papers. They improve uniformity, increase bulk with almost no decrease in strength. Linters also produce a low-shrinkage pulp.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Cotton linters; linters de algodón (Esp.); linters (korte katoenvezel) (Ned);

Resources and Citations

  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Silvie Turner, Which Paper?, Design Press, New York, 1991
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 458
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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