The word “full” is from the Anglo-Saxon fullian, meaning “to whiten.” To “full” is to press or scour cloth in a mill.

This art is one of great antiquity. Mention is made of “fuller’s soap” (Mal. 3:2), and of “the fuller’s field” (2 Kings 18:17).

At his transfiguration our Lord’s rainment is said to have been white “so as no fuller on Earth could white them” (Mark 9:3).

En-rogel, meaning literally “foot-fountain,” has been interpreted as the “fuller’s fountain,” because there the fullers trod the cloth with their feet.

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