wool

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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Synonyms for wool

Synonyms

coat, fleece, fur, hair, jacket, pelage, pile

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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

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Basically: Vegan clothing enthusiasts don't wear any kind of clothing items that contain leather or animal skin, wool or animal hair, or fur, down, silk, or any other material that comes from or is tested on animals. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Best Ethical Clothing Brands Out There," 5 Mar. 2019 And, in general, loosely-knit, natural materials like cotton and wool produce more lint than tightly-woven, synthetic ones like nylon and spandex, Dr. Goldbach says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Excuse Me, What Even Is Belly Button Lint?," 1 Mar. 2019 For his own ankles, Mr. Goldberg prefers merino wool and other warm socks on frosty days. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "It’s February, Why Are There Bare Ankles Everywhere?," 13 Feb. 2019 Markle styled her outfit with a pair of Alexander Wang trousers, a white wool and cashmere sweater by AllSaints, a matching navy blue Altuzarra handbag, and classic black pumps. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Navy Blue J.Crew Coat Was Just Restocked," 29 Aug. 2018 The inner components are insulated by felted wool and leather, while the driver’s cones are made from local wood. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Hand-thrown clay speakers marry craftsmanship and sustainability," 29 Aug. 2018 And a synthetic or wool hoody is a trip saver, as is a packable rain jacket. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Way To Spend 72 Hours at Jackson Hole," 31 July 2018 Nyong'o wore Jonathan Cohen's Lupita sleeveless wool-blend dress, which was named after her, and is currently available to pre-order. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Black Panther’s Lupita Nyong'o & Danai Gurira Stunned at the BAFTA Tea Party in Los Angeles," 6 Jan. 2019 CraftSanity makes creating a merino wool infinity scarf seem like a cinch in this tutorial taken at the Becozi headquarters in Holland, Michigan. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "5 Easy DIY Tutorials for That Viral Chunky Knit Blanket," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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wool

noun

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

wool

noun
\ ˈwu̇l How to pronounce wool (audio) \

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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