wool

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noun, often attributive \ˈwu̇l\

Definition of wool

  1. 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. 2 :  a product of wool; especially :  a woven fabric or garment of such fabric

  3. 3a :  a dense felted pubescence especially on a plant :  tomentumb :  a filamentous mass —usually used in combination — compare mineral wool, steel wool

Examples of wool in a Sentence

  1. She doesn't like wool because it can be itchy.

  2. the wool from cashmere goats is considered by many to be the finest available

Recent Examples of wool from the Web

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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



WOOL Defined for English Language Learners

wool

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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

wool

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noun \ˈwu̇l\

Definition of wool for Students

  1. 1 :  soft wavy or curly usually thick hair especially of the sheep

  2. 2 :  a substance that looks like a mass of wavy hair steel wool

  3. 3 :  a material (as yarn) made from wool



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