LINT (in M. Eng. linnet, probably through Fr. linette, from tin, the flax-plant; cf. " line "), properly the flax-plant, now only in Scots dialect; hence the application of such expressions as " lint-haired," " lint white locks " to flaxen hair. It is also the term applied to the flax when prepared for spinning, and to the waste material left over which was used for tinder. " Lint " is still the name given to a specially prepared material for dressing wounds, made soft and fluffy by scraping or ravelling linen cloth.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)