"to comb with a card"
Very early 15th cent. From Latin carmen "comb for wool." Derived from carrere "to card (wool)."
From Proto-Italic *kars-e 'id.' From Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker-s- 'id.' A root *(s)ker- "to shear" may derive from an even earlier root *sek- "to cut" (see señal).
Old Norse hǫrr "flax" (from *kor-u̯o-), Old High German haro "flax," skerran "to scratch," English harl
Lithuanian kar̃šti "to card wool," Latvian kā̀rst 'id.'