noun, often attributive
\ ˈwu̇l How to pronounce wool (audio) \

Definition of wool

1 : the soft wavy or curly usually thick undercoat of various hairy mammals and especially the sheep made up of a matrix of keratin fibers and covered with minute scales
2 : a product of wool especially : a woven fabric or garment of such fabric
3a : a dense felted pubescence especially on a plant : tomentum
b : a filamentous mass usually used in combination — compare mineral wool, steel wool

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She doesn't like wool because it can be itchy. the wool from cashmere goats is considered by many to be the finest available
Recent Examples on the Web My birth mom’s dad, my grandfather, was a dyed in the (gray) wool Southern jinnamun who could trace his American roots back to John Smith. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 6 Apr. 2021 For sale online at Makers Union PDX are Christopher Dibble’s handwoven and knotted Rya wall hangings, made with hand-dyed, 100% churro wool weft and cotton warp. oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021 The absorbent felt used on the shelves is made using natural French wool. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 25 Sep. 2021 Sofa: custom, upholstered in Meacham Tartan wool by SMWHome. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, 24 Sep. 2021 This one by Fear of God was crafted in Italian Melton wool with a Japanese cupro lining. Jenna Blaha, Travel + Leisure, 19 Sep. 2021 During the slave era, slave owners described their slaves’ hair by calling it wool instead of hair. Megan Becka, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 Instead, use wool or synthetic-blend socks that will keep your feet dry. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 This could mean, for example, swapping out a pre-pandemic merino wool blazer for a linen chore coat or embroidered cardigan. Truc Nguyen, refinery29.com, 7 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of wool

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wool

Middle English wolle, from Old English wull; akin to Old High German wolla wool, Latin vellus fleece, lana wool

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The first known use of wool was before the 12th century

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19 Oct 2021

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“Wool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wool. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wool

: the soft, thick hair of sheep and some other animals
: cloth or clothing made of wool
: long, thick thread made of wool and used for knitting


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Kids Definition of wool

1 : soft wavy or curly usually thick hair especially of the sheep
2 : a substance that looks like a mass of wavy hair steel wool
3 : a material (as yarn) made from wool

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