noun, often attributive \ˈwl\

: the soft, thick hair of sheep and some other animals

: cloth or clothing made of wool

: long, thick thread made of wool and used for knitting

Full Definition of WOOL

:  the soft wavy or curly usually thick undercoat of various hairy mammals and especially the sheep made up of a matrix of keratin fibers and covered with minute scales
:  a product of wool; especially :  a woven fabric or garment of such fabric
a :  a dense felted pubescence especially on a plant :  tomentum
b :  a filamentous mass —usually used in combination — compare mineral wool, steel wool

Examples of WOOL

  1. She doesn't like wool because it can be itchy.
  2. <the wool from cashmere goats is considered by many to be the finest available>

Origin of WOOL

Middle English wolle, from Old English wull; akin to Old High German wolla wool, Latin vellus fleece, lana wool
First Known Use: before 12th century

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WOOL Defined for Kids


noun \ˈwl\

Definition of WOOL for Kids

:  soft wavy or curly usually thick hair especially of the sheep
:  a substance that looks like a mass of wavy hair <steel wool>
:  a material (as yarn) made from wool
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