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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Examples of wool in a Sentence

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 Avocado Avocado is known for its sustainable mattresses made from organic materials, including cotton and wool. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Mattress Deals You Can Shop This Memorial Day," 23 May 2020 Most dye kits recommend using natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk, or rayon. Jamie Ueda, USA TODAY, "How to tie-dye any item of clothing—quarantine’s biggest DIY fashion trend," 1 May 2020 Fortunately, a good pair of wool socks will go a long way to comfort. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, "10 Gifts That Will Help a Newbie Get into Hunting," 13 Dec. 2019 For instance, according to the calculator, a Monse wool-blend plaid skirt given a second life saves 50.81 litres of water and 15.18 driving miles, versus producing a new one. Susan Orlean, The New Yorker, "TheRealReal’s Online Luxury Consignment Shop," 14 Oct. 2019 Thread the needle with a long length of wool (approximately one arm’s length) and make a knot at the end. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "How to Make a Blanket Cape, With Clare Waight Keller," 5 May 2020 According to the Assyriologist Benjamin Studevent-Hickman, thanks to as many as ten thousand laborers a single textile factory in Ur produced more than four hundred tons of wool in a single year. Cody Cassidy, Time, "Who Discovered Soap? What to Know About the Origins of the Life-Saving Substance," 5 May 2020 Often they were lost inside what might best be described as clouds of wool. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "At Paris Fashion Week, designers reworked the tuxedo and explored the meaning of color. And, oh yeah, Kanye showed up.," 3 Mar. 2020 Courtesy Women's Single-Breasted Walker Coat Lark & Ro Amazon $79.03 SHOP IT Made from a blend of wool and polyester, the coat is designed to keep you warm but not too warm, and hits just above the knee. Kelsey Mulvey, Marie Claire, "Lark & Ro's Trench Coat Is Going to Become the New Viral Amazon Coat," 30 Oct. 2019

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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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27 May 2020

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“Wool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wool. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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
chiefly British : 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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