me·​ri·​no | \ mə-ˈrē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce merino (audio) \
plural merinos

Definition of merino

1 : any of a breed of fine-wooled white sheep originating in Spain and producing a heavy fleece of exceptional quality
2 : a soft wool or wool and cotton clothing fabric resembling cashmere
3 : a fine wool and cotton yarn used for hosiery and knitwear

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merino adjective

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Think: a soft, padded insole made with moisture-wicking merino wool that reduces foot odors and breathable mesh knit fabric throughout the shoe—all made with sustainable, recycled materials for a machine-washable shoe with unrivaled comfort. Chelsey Hamilton,, "The Cult-Favorite Sneakers That Obama, Sarah Jessica Parker, and More Celebs Love Just Launched the Cutest New Styles," 9 July 2019 That’s when the sheep bubble burst, ending a time when a million merino sheep grazed its deforested hills. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019 The 105-gram pair is 85 percent merino and 15 percent polyamide. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Active Outdoor Underwear," 6 July 2018 For his own ankles, Mr. Goldberg prefers merino wool and other warm socks on frosty days. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "It’s February, Why Are There Bare Ankles Everywhere?," 13 Feb. 2019 CraftSanity makes creating a merino wool infinity scarf seem like a cinch in this tutorial taken at the Becozi headquarters in Holland, Michigan. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "5 Easy DIY Tutorials for That Viral Chunky Knit Blanket," 12 Dec. 2018 Instead, choose wool (merino wool won't be itchy) or wicking polyester socks designed for hiking. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "7 Tips to Survive Cold-Weather Camping," 14 Dec. 2015 My second skin is a super-thin Ibex merino wool sweater-jacket that a good friend gave me (Athleta has similar options). Jada Yuan, New York Times, "How Do You Pack for a Yearlong Trip?," 27 June 2018 She's frequently repped merino wool gloves from Cornelia James, including on her royal tour to Scandinavia this winter. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Why Queen Elizabeth Always Wears Gloves," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of merino

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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me·​ri·​no | \ mə-ˈrē-nō How to pronounce merino (audio) \
plural merinos

Kids Definition of merino

1 : a sheep of a breed that produces a heavy fleece of white fine wool
2 : a fine wool and cotton yarn

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