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 There’s an on-site farm store that sells gloves and hats knitted from the wool of the animals on the farm. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "‘Farmer Pam’ teaches kids about alpacas and farm animals at Forest Hill’s Three Oaks Farm," 17 Nov. 2020 Net-a-Porter featured 10 items with eye-watering price tags, ranging from $475 for a creamy white cable knit cashmere sweater to $1,495 for a luscious double-breasted merino wool and cashmere-blend belted coat. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Charles' 'sustainable fashion' line arrives – and it's going to cost you," 13 Nov. 2020 The cat wanders into the playhouse under the willow, in which Gretyl has built a cave of wool blankets. Rebecca Curtis, The New Yorker, "Hansa and Gretyl and Piece of Shit," 9 Nov. 2020 Fall fashion items can lean on the side of small investment, like a pair of leather knee-highs, a wool coat, or a leather jacket. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Stock Up on the Best Affordable Sweaters of the Season," 14 Oct. 2020 There are even locations that sell zero-waste reusable household products, such as wool dryer balls. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "Scrub Hub: Where in Indianapolis can you shop in bulk to cut down on package waste?," 26 Aug. 2020 The outdoor apparel behemoth pays a 25% to 30% price premium for the merino wool the animals provide, then weaves it into beanies that sell for $62 — double the price of most of the brand’s other hats. Star Tribune, "Beautiful Monday Ahead - Cool, Wet Start To August," 16 Aug. 2020 The three-quarter crew fits snugly, thanks to slight compression and the plaiting—the sock’s soft merino wool sandwiches stretchy nylon yarns that grip and flex with your foot. Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics 2020 Outdoor Awards," 30 June 2020 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

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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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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wool.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wool. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce wool (audio)

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


\ ˈwu̇l How to pronounce wool (audio) \

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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