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A mechanical device for separating flour from bran, by beating it through a rotating cylinder of cloth. This was at first of wool, then calico & latterly of silk, hence the term 'silks', but other cloth may be used. First introduced in C16th (later SILK MACHINES were used).

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Alternative terms

Term Language Region
Beutelsichter m, Sichtewerk n, Schlagbeutel m German
blutoir, bluteau m French
Boulter English
Boulting Machine English
builmachine Dutch

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