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the short fiber obtained after the cleaning of the fibrous wastes (mixtures of entangled fibers and scutch) that are formed in processing the flax and hemp stocks into long fiber on scutching machines. The cleaning of the wastes (the removal of the scutch) is done on a tow-cleaning machine equipped with a breaker, scutching drums, and a shaker. Tow is used in the textile industry for spinning coarse thick yarn.