- the soft, curly or crisp hair of sheep
- the hair of some other animals, as the goat or llama, having a similar texture
- yarn spun from the fibers of such fleece, esp. the fleece of sheep
- cloth, clothing, etc. made of this yarn
- short, thick, curly or crisp human hair
- anything that looks or feels like wool, as a fibrous mass of inorganic material [rock wool, steel wool] or the hairy or furry coating on some insects, insect larvae, and plants
Origin of woolMiddle English wolle from Old English wull, akin to German wolle from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, hair, wool, grass from source Classical Latin villus, shaggy hair, vellus, fleece, lana, wool, Classical Greek l?nos, wool
all wool and a yard wide
pull the wool over someone's eyes
- a. The dense, soft, often curly hair forming the coat of sheep and certain other mammals, such as the goat and alpaca, consisting of cylindrical strands of keratin covered by minute overlapping scales and much valued as a textile fiber.b. Fabric or yarn made of this hair.
- Hairy or downy material on a plant or animal, as on certain caterpillars.
- Filamentous or fibrous material similar to the wool of a sheep or other mammal.
Origin of woolMiddle English wolle from Old English wull
(usually uncountable, plural wools)
Middle English wolle, from Old English wull, from Proto-Germanic *wullÅ (compare Dutch wol, German Wolle, Norwegian ull), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚wÄºÌ¥hâ‚nehâ‚‚ (compare Welsh gwlÃ¢n, Latin lÄna, Lithuanian vÃ¬lna, Russian Ð²Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ñ (volÐ¾s), Bulgarian Ð²Ð»Ð°Ñ (vlas), Albanian lesh (“wool, hair, fleece")).