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 The flowers on the wall come from a collective of Nepalese women who make them out of local wool as a means of bringing economic empowerment to their community. Travis Levius, Bon Appétit, "At Atlanta’s SustainAble Home Goods, You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Style for Ethics," 22 Oct. 2020 In starting from common ground—a blank stage, a drumbeat, a bolt of Italian wool—the show finds a kind of shared language to build upon, which perhaps is part of Byrne’s vision of utopia. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "David Byrne’s Gray Suits, from “Stop Making Sense” to “American Utopia”," 20 Oct. 2020 Made of 100% Merino wool, this blanket from Woolly Mammoth is both durable and warm. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "10 top-rated outdoor blankets that will keep you warm outside," 6 Oct. 2020 Made of mostly durable Merino wool, these socks keep feet nice and toasty without overheating and fit comfortably with form-fitting athletic wear. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Clothing and accessories that make great gifts," 6 Oct. 2020 Another factor: Australia, China, the United States and New Zealand — all affected by the pandemic — are the top four producers of wool for the craft yarn and garment industries. Washington Post, "What do yarn, RVs, exercise gear and snowshoes share? They all could be hot winter buys.," 5 Oct. 2020 With 1 million sold to date, these wool shoes seem to be one everyone's feet these days. Cailey Lindberg, USA TODAY, "40 perfect gift ideas all types of sisters will love," 30 Sep. 2020 Some fibers—wool in particular—carry an electrostatic charge that may increase filtering efficiency by attracting particles with an opposite charge, particularly if they’re blended with other fibers (the rubbing creates a triboelectric effect). Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "What You Need to Know About Wearing a Face Mask Outside," 30 Sep. 2020 The peacoat was first worn by sailors in the 18th century; the name may come from pije, a Dutch word for a thick, coarse wool fabric that’s warm and water-resistant. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, "Add a Peacoat to Your Fall Wardrobe," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wool. Accessed 30 Oct. 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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