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1fleece

noun \ˈflēs\

: the woolly coat of a sheep

: a soft cloth that is used to make warm clothes

: a jacket made from this cloth

Full Definition of FLEECE

1
a :  the coat of wool covering a wool-bearing animal (as a sheep)
b :  the wool obtained from a sheep at one shearing
2
a :  any of various soft or woolly coverings
b :  a soft bulky deep-piled knitted or woven fabric used chiefly for clothing
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Examples of FLEECE

  1. <learning how to shear the fleece off a sheep>

Origin of FLEECE

Middle English flees, from Old English flēos; akin to Middle High German vlius fleece and perhaps to Latin pluma feather, down
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to FLEECE

Other Textiles Terms

batt, bias, brocade, duck, flock, lawn, toile

Rhymes with FLEECE

2fleece

verb

: to deceive and take money from (someone)

fleecedfleec·ing

Full Definition of FLEECE

transitive verb
1
a :  to strip of money or property by fraud or extortion
b :  to charge excessively for goods or services
2
:  to remove the fleece from :  shear
3
:  to dot or cover with fleecy masses

Examples of FLEECE

  1. Don't let that salesman fleece you.
  2. an unsuspecting tourist fleeced by a scam artist

First Known Use of FLEECE

1537

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut
FLEECE Defined for Kids

1fleece

noun \ˈflēs\

Definition of FLEECE for Kids

:  the woolly coat of an animal and especially a sheep

2fleece

verb
fleecedfleec·ing

Definition of FLEECE for Kids

:  to rob or cheat by trickery

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