often attributive
: 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
: a product of wool
especially : a woven fabric or garment of such fabric
: a dense felted pubescence especially on a plant : tomentum
: a filamentous mass
usually used in combination
compare mineral wool, steel wool

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wool. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the soft wavy or curly usually thick undercoat of various mammals and especially the sheep
: a fabric or garment made of wool
: material that resembles a mass of wool

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