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Breed of sheep that originated in central or western Asia. They are raised chiefly for the skins of very young lambs, which have a glossy, tightly curled black coat (the Persian lamb of the fur trade). The wool of mature Karakul sheep, classified as carpet wool, is a mixture of coarse and fine fibres 6–10 in. (15–25 cm) long and varies from black to brown and gray.
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