Notion 22
Term Breaking
Field Hemp treatment
Pronunciation 'brakiŋ
Definition Hemp breaking is done after retting and drying. The stalks go through a hemp breaking machine, so that fiber can be separated from the rest.
  • Mr. Hunter B. Jenkins knew slaves in Lafayette County who made from seventy-five cents to a dollar a day breaking hemp.
  • Where hemp is to be processed by machinery the retting need not progress quite so far as is necessary for hand breaking.
  • At least six different kinds of machines for breaking hemp and preparing the fiber have been in use during the past three years
Phraseology "Breaking" is often preceded by the name of the fiber (hemp breaking, flaw breaking).
Spanish equivalent
Agramado or triturado

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