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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In this case, Dr Ingo and his colleagues reckon that those fibres were wool. The Economist, "Buried metal artefacts gather stories on their surfaces," 4 July 2019 The maid became aware, after a time, that the woman was stroking other parts of her: her back, her leg, the side of her breast through the wool tunic. Adam O’fallon Price, Harper's magazine, "The Maid’s Story," 10 June 2019 Jean Kolloff, owner of cashmere importer Quinn Apparel, said her reason for opposing the tariffs was more geographical — the Alashan goat that produces light-colored cashmere wool is only found in China's Inner Mongolia region. NBC News, "From robot vacuums to baby gates, U.S. companies say they need China," 17 June 2019 Zeffirelli was born in Florence in 1923 after his mother had an extramarital affair with a wool and silk merchant, according to The New York Times. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Oscar-Nominated Italian Director Franco Zeffirelli Dies at 96," 15 June 2019 His father, Ottorino Corsi, was a respected wool and silk merchant but inveterate womanizer, and his mother, Alaide Garosi, was a fashion designer who owned a dressmaking shop. Jonathan Kandell, New York Times, "Franco Zeffirelli, Italian Director With Taste for Excess, Dies at 96," 15 June 2019 But blaming them for urban woes is pulling the wool over the eyes of these cities’ beleaguered citizens. James Sutton, National Review, "Don’t Blame Big Tech for San Francisco’s Homelessness Crisis," 13 June 2019 But local knitters are upset at seeing their profit margins diminished by the appearance of sweaters actually made in China, albeit from authentic Icelandic wool. CBS News, "That Iceland wool sweater may have been knit in China," 10 June 2019 But local knitters are upset at seeing their profit margins diminished by the appearance of sweaters actually made in China, albeit from authentic Icelandic wool. Washington Post, "Made in China? Iceland’s sweater-knitters are unhappy," 10 June 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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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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