Akin to rot.
See Aret. (obsolete) Chaucer.
To prepare for use, as flax, by separating the fibers from the woody part by process of soaking, macerating, and other treatment. Ure.
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From Proto-Slavic *rъtъ.
ret m lip
ret (third-person singular simple present rets, present participle retting, simple past and past participle retted) (transitive) To prepare (flax, hemp etc.) for further processing by soaking, which facilitates separation of fibers from the woody parts of the stem. 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 621: the lowland nearly silent except for water-thrushes, the harvested fields, the smell of hops being dried in kilns, flax pulled up and piled in sheaves, in local practice not to be retted till the spring
Adjective ret (neuter ret, definite and plural rette) straight right, proper rightful plain (in knitting)
Adverb ret straight rightly, properly rather, quite
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