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
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 of wool from the Web
A few blocks away, the Singular Santiago is the second property from the luxe Chilean brand, which opened a Patagonia property in late 2011 inside a former wool-processing plant that is widely considered one of the continent’s best hotels.
The four words Howard spelled on Thursday: alopecia: (the loss of hair, wool or feathers; baldness)
Then juxtapose them both with the incomparable Ardabil Carpet, a paradise garden woven in wool and silk in Shiite Persia and signed by the mysterious Maqsud Kashani.
To add fire, simply wrap the spear with some steel wool.
For non-standard wool, buyers are likely to want to see it.
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Origin and Etymology of wool
Middle English wolle, from Old English wull; akin to Old High German wolla wool, Latin vellus fleece, lana wool
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
WOOL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wool for English Language Learners
: the soft, thick hair of sheep and some other animals
: cloth or clothing made of wool
: long, thick thread made of wool and used for knitting
WOOL Defined for Kids
Definition of wool for Students
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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