- any of a breed of hardy, white-faced sheep with long, fine wool, orig. from Spain
- the wool
- a fine, soft yarn made from this wool, often mixed with cotton
- a soft, thin cloth made of this yarn
Origin of merinoSp, probably after (Beni) Merin, name of a Berber tribe of nomads and shepherds
designating or of this sheep, wool, yarn, or cloth
- a. Any of a breed of sheep, originally from Spain, having long fine wool.b. The wool of this sheep.
- A soft lightweight fabric made originally of merino wool but now of any fine wool.
- a. A yarn made from merino wool.b. A knitted fabric made from this yarn.
Origin of merinoSpanish, perhaps from Berber Ben&imacron; Mer&imacron;n, name of the tribe that developed the breed, or from Spanish merino, local magistrate (from Latin mai&omacron;r&imacron;nus, larger, from maior; see major).
(countable and uncountable, plural merinos)