• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Charpie (Med) Straight threads obtained by unraveling old linen cloth; -- used for surgical dressings.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n charpie A form of lint made by completely raveling pieces of old linen or by tearing them into very narrow strips.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Charpie shär′pē lint shredded down so as to form a soft material for dressing wounds.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., properly fem. p. p. of OF. charpir, carpir, to pluck, fr. L. carpere,. Cf. Carpet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. charpir—L. carpĕre, to pluck.


In literature:

If chopped charpie was put in his pocket instead of tobacco he knew no difference.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould