wool grease

noun

: a fatty slightly sticky wax coating the surface of the fibers of sheep's wool compare wool fat

Examples of wool grease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since gelatin is water-soluble, scientists treated the mittens with an epoxy resin, formaldehyde and wool grease, or lanolin, to waterproof the mittens without diminishing their flexibility. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 29 July 2015 Vitamin D supplements are usually made from vitamin D-rich fish oils or lanolin (wool grease). Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1875, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wool grease was in 1875

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“Wool grease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wool%20grease. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

wool grease

noun
: a fatty slightly sticky wax coating the surface of the fibers of sheep's wool that is used as a source of lanolin compare wool fat

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