me·ri·no | \mə-ˈrē-(ˌ)nō \
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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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 Also, pick fabrics like merino wool that are anti-wrinkle, dry quickly and don’t retain smells. Jada Yuan, New York Times, "How Do You Pack for a Yearlong Trip?," 27 June 2018 They're made from a merino wool and cotton blend that is the best possible combination of a sweater and more casual jumper. Michael Williams, GQ, "These Are the New Dad Status Symbols to Buy This Father’s Day," 13 June 2018 Middleton is reportedly a fan of the merino wool gloves with a bow from the Imogen collection. Southern Living, "The Reason Why Queen Elizabeth Always Wears Gloves," 5 June 2018 Ortovox Cortina Tunika Sleeveless Shirt ($140) Fashion meets function in this roomy, Alps-style merino-wool tunika, with enough sleeve to prevent pack straps from rubbing on your shoulders. Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Thru-Hiking Gear of 2018," 15 May 2018 While most of my favorite crossover midlayers in the past have used 100 percent synthetic materials, the Deployment uses blended merino wool on the back and underarms, which lends it more breathability while maintaining its insulating power. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Tested: The Best Versatile Midlayers," 25 Apr. 2018 So researchers led by Duane Harland, a scientist at AgResearch in New Zealand, clipped samples from six New Zealand merino sheep, whose wool cells are much more tidy. Veronique Greenwood, New York Times, "What Makes Some Hair Curly? Not Quite What Scientists Thought," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of merino

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of merino was in 1804

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me·ri·no | \mə-ˈrē-nō \
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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