kar·​a·​kul ˈker-ə-kəl How to pronounce karakul (audio)
often capitalized : any of a breed of hardy fat-tailed sheep of central Asian origin with a narrow body and coarse wiry fur
: 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, 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, 29 Aug. 2019

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Word History


Karakul, village in Uzbekistan

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of karakul was in 1853

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“Karakul.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/karakul. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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kar·​a·​kul ˈkar-ə-kəl How to pronounce karakul (audio)
often capitalized : any of a breed of hardy Asian sheep with coarse fur
: the usually curly glossy black coat of a young karakul lamb valued as fur

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