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Examples of mohair in a Sentence
a sweater made of mohair and silk
Recent Examples of mohair from the Web
Notice the mohair throw for trunk-line flights (i.e. no blankets) and for the motel room in which the air conditioning could not be turned off.
One of the world’s least developed countries, Lesotho supplies water and labor to neighboring South Africa and exports textiles and mohair.
The original, 1977 version of Chewbacca, made out of yak hair and mohair.
More items in that vein include cashmere, mohair, goat fur briefs and a suggestive leopard print spandex costume suit.
For all of fall's charms—oversized mohair sweaters, rouge noir lipstick shades, crisp denim— there’s the unfortunate arrival of dry, itchy seasonal skin.
Everyday velvets are more likely made from cotton, linen, mohair, wool, polyester, nylon, viscose and acetate.
Since then, the line has evolved into outerwear, velour hoodies, mohair shirts and crepe sole boots—the kind of products that hit runways a few seasons ago but are just now trickling down to the masses.
Stores brick, mortar, and digital are chock a block with saturated colors, graphic patterns, and bold intarsia adornments, all done in cashmere, cotton, pure Scottish wool, or mohair.
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Did You Know?
Mohair entered the English language in the 16th century, spelled variously as "mocayare," "mockaire," "mokayre," and "moochary." It was borrowed from Italian mocaiarro, a word which itself was borrowed from Arabic mukhayyar. The adjective mukhayyar meant "select" or "choice." How this Arabic adjective came to be the English noun "mohair" is a bit of a mystery. It is possible that "mukhayyar" was used as a colloquial noun in the sense of "wool of prime quality" (that is, "choice wool"). In English, the shift from "mocayare" and similar spellings to "mohair" was likely influenced by the more familiar English word hair.
Origin and Etymology of mohair
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