karakul

noun
kar·​a·​kul | \ ˈker-ə-kəl How to pronounce karakul (audio) , ˈka-rə- \

Definition of karakul

1 often capitalized : any of a breed of hardy fat-tailed sheep of central Asian origin with a narrow body and coarse wiry fur
2 : the usually curly glossy black coat of a very young karakul lamb valued as fur — compare broadtail sense 2, persian lamb sense 1

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Examples of karakul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In their place are elderly, ultra-Orthodox Jews wearing black overcoats and fedoras; south and central Asians with traditional karakul hats; and gaggles of merchants shouting in languages from across the world. Barak Richman, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Manhattan’s Diamond District Continues To Operate Like an Old World Bazaar," 16 Jan. 2020 Most fur-bearing animals have never been domesticated, which makes raising a fox for the trim of a parka inherently crueler than aborting a karakul lamb for a wool cap, animal rights activists say. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019 Most fur-bearing animals have never been domesticated, which makes raising a fox for the trim of a parka inherently crueler than aborting a karakul lamb for a wool cap, animal rights activists say. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019 Most fur-bearing animals have never been domesticated, which makes raising a fox for the trim of a parka inherently crueler than aborting a karakul lamb for a wool cap, animal rights activists say. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019 Most fur-bearing animals have never been domesticated, which makes raising a fox for the trim of a parka inherently crueler than aborting a karakul lamb for a wool cap, animal rights activists say. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019 Most fur-bearing animals have never been domesticated, which makes raising a fox for the trim of a parka inherently crueler than aborting a karakul lamb for a wool cap, animal rights activists say. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019 Most fur-bearing animals have never been domesticated, which makes raising a fox for the trim of a parka inherently crueler than aborting a karakul lamb for a wool cap, animal rights activists say. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019 Most fur-bearing animals have never been domesticated, which makes raising a fox for the trim of a parka inherently crueler than aborting a karakul lamb for a wool cap, animal rights activists say. Glendale News-Press, "As California considers a fur ban, many in L.A. cling to their minks," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of karakul

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for karakul

Karakul, village in Uzbekistan

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1 Feb 2020

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“Karakul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karakul. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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