- any of a breed of medium-sized sheep native to central Asia, having long, drooping ears, long legs, and a broad, fat tail
- the tightly curled, lustrous fur made from the fleece of its newborn lambs: in this sense commonly sp. caracul
Origin of karakulRussian karakul', astrakhan (the fur) ; from Turkic qara köl, literally , dark lake: common place name in central Asia
- Any of a breed of Central Asian sheep having a wide tail and wool that is curled, glossy, and usually black in the young but brownish or grayish in adults.
- The pelt of a newborn or sometimes fetal karakul lamb, used for clothing.
- Wool from a karakul sheep, used for carpet yarn and felting. In all senses also called astrakhan.
Origin of karakulAfter Karakul, a lake of eastern Tajikistan.