cashmere goat


: an Indian goat raised especially for its undercoat of fine soft wool that constitutes the cashmere wool of commerce

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cheaper sweaters are made from short, coarse cashmere goat hair that feels soft initially but pills almost immediately. Justin Fenner, Robb Report, 30 Oct. 2022 This part of the county is acres of sorghum crops, a cashmere goat farm and smaller homesteads on the way to Duley Station Road, where the rest of the 30-head herd lives. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Sourced from the undercoats of the cashmere goat, the fleece produces a yarn that’s three times more insulating than that of a sheep. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 25 Feb. 2021 Madewell's Sustainable Sweaters Are 30 Percent Off (with code VERYMERRY): The demand for cheap cashmere has put an unsustainable demand on cashmere goat farmers. Adrienne So, Wired, 28 Nov. 2020 Cashmere yarn comes from cashmere goats that are not harmed in the process. Jean Chen Smith,, 18 Dec. 2019 The film sets its sights on the Altai and Helan Mountains, where Capra hircus cashmere goats and their devoted herders weather some of the most extreme temperatures on earth. Vogue, 31 Oct. 2019 Herds of cashmere goats, whose hair is used to produce the soft fabric, have grown sharply since the turn of the century in China and Mongolia, which supply 90% of the world’s cashmere. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 13 May 2019 Scientists around the world are editing the genes of livestock to create meatier pigs, cashmere goats with longer hair and cold-weather cows that can thrive in the tropics. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cashmere goat was in 1850

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Cite this Entry

“Cashmere goat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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cashmere goat

: an Indian goat whose fine soft undercoat forms cashmere wool
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