mohair

noun mo·hair \ ˈmō-ˌher \

Definition of mohair

:a fabric or yarn made wholly or in part of the long silky hair of the Angora goat; also :this hair

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Examples of mohair in a Sentence

  1. a sweater made of mohair and silk

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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

modification of obsolete Italian mocaiarro, from Arabic mukhayyar, literally, choice


MOHAIR Defined for English Language Learners

mohair

noun

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

mohair

noun mo·hair \ ˈmō-ˌher \

Definition of mohair for Students

:a fabric or yarn made from the long silky hair of an Asian goat


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