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Examples of mohair in a Sentence
a sweater made of mohair and silk
Recent Examples of mohair from the Web
On Tuesday, Marks & Spencer, Mango, and Primark also confirmed their commitment to go mohair-free.
Taking mohair off the racks isn’t going to happen overnight.
The custom dining table is by Shop Now, the Dessin Fournir chairs are in a Myung Jin mohair, and the 19th-century chandelier is original.
While some were a little confusing (mohair turtlenecks), most were just really, really fun.
With the demise of price supports in the 1990s, the U.S. mohair industry fell apart.
King’s Saddlery on North Main Street, offer mohair cinches, leather chaps, belts, and frames hand-tooled on premises.
In a Rye, New York, Tudor house decorated by Sara Gilbane, a pedestal table from Century Furniture is surrounded by dining chairs from Hickory Chair, in a Schumacher mohair-velvet with Carolina Irving's Andaluz on the backs.
Animals were designed with removable heads, often in mohair or real fur, and paper composition.
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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.
MOHAIR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mohair for English Language Learners
: an expensive fabric or wool made from the long, soft hair of a goat from Asia
MOHAIR Defined for Kids
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