Pronunciation: (hwip'kôrd", wip'-), [key]
1. a cotton, woolen, or worsted fabric with a steep, diagonally ribbed surface.
2. a strong, hard-twisted cord, sometimes used for the lashes of whips.
3. a cord made from the intestines of animals; catgut.
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