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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hesp A measure of two hanks of linen thread.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hesp A dialectal variant of hasp. The length of two hanks of linen thread.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. hespa, a hasp, a wisp or skein. See Hasp


In literature:

Horace said that in his day most men fled the empty cask; and all but two or three fled my poor friend's ravelled hesp.
"Samuel Rutherford and some of his correspondents" by Alexander Whyte
Of his sons, the most famous were Hesp{)e}rus (whom some call his brother) and Hyas.
"Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology" by Charles K. Dillaway
Ye hae gotten a ravelled hesp to redd.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop

In news:

The Gemara in Sanhedrin, Daf Mem Zayin, Amud Alef, concludes that a hesped or eulogy is in honor of the deceased, and not the living, so as such even though I am not worthy of being maspid you, I will say something nevertheless.
Cole Roberts, Andrew Rhodes, and Alexander Hespe, Arup.