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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At the higher end of the offerings is a sumptuous modern take on a traditional Persian rug, hand-knotted of gray New Zealand wool, starting at $2,295 and available in a range of sizes. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "See Inside Ben Soleimani’s Fast-Paced, Stylish Worlds in California and London," 17 Apr. 2019 Inside a fish and chip shop—the set of the new #GucciTailoring campaign—@harrystyles wears a macro gingham sharkskin dressing gown as a coat over a Heritage pinstripe wool suit. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Harry Styles Stars in Gucci Campaign With a Chicken," 4 June 2018 Innovation is the focal point of the Woolmark Prize as designers are challenged to create something truly original and unique to their brand with Merino wool. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brandon Maxwell Pivots to Activewear for the Woolmark Prize," 15 Feb. 2019 Acrylic, however, is less durable than wool and can become fuzzy over time due to wear and tear. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 In the late 1970s, Yvon Chouinard, the rock-climbing founder of Patagonia, sought a more functional alternative to wool which, although insulating, gets leaden when wet. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Humble Fleece Jacket Became High Fashion," 7 Jan. 2019 If having softness underfoot is important to you, Cooke suggests looking for all-wool or other natural fibers for carpeting or rugs. Jamie Gold, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Clearing the indoor air," 28 June 2018 Take the collection’s key suit, of a very fine wool and dyed a brilliant degradé green that goes from lime to moss. Monica Kim, Vogue, "How an Italian-French Duo Is Bringing a Roman Couturier Into the 21st Century," 11 Mar. 2019 The jacket, which currently retails for $229.99, is made of recycled wool and hits about mid-calf. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid’s Versatile Winter Jacket Is From Mango and It’s Still Available," 20 Nov. 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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