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wool

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noun \ˈwu̇l\

Simple Definition of wool

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  a product of wool; especially :  a woven fabric or garment of such fabric

  3. 3 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

Rhymes with wool




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