Wool definition

wo͝ol
Filamentous or fibrous material similar to the wool of a sheep or other mammal.
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Hairy or downy material on a plant or animal, as on certain caterpillars.
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Fabric or yarn made of this hair.
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The soft, curly or crisp hair of sheep.
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The hair of some other animals, as the goat or llama, having a similar texture.
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Of wool or woolen goods.
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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.
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Short, thick, curly or crisp human hair.
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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.
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Yarn spun from the fibers of such fleece, esp. the fleece of sheep.
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Cloth, clothing, etc. made of this yarn.
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The hair of the sheep, llama and some other ruminants.
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A cloth or yarn made from the wool of sheep.
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Anything with a texture like that of wool.
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(cloth or yarn): felt, tweed, worsted.
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A town in Dorset, England.
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all wool and a yard wide
  • genuine or admirable; truly and thoroughly as described
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pull the wool over someone's eyes
  • to deceive or trick someone
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wool
Plural:
wools

Origin of wool

  • Middle English wolle from Old English wull

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English wolle, from Old English wull, from Proto-Germanic *wullō (compare Dutch wol, German Wolle, Norwegian ull), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚wĺ̥h₁nehâ‚‚ (compare Welsh gwlân, Latin lāna, Lithuanian vìlna, Russian волос (volоs), Bulgarian влас (vlas), Albanian lesh (“wool, hair, fleece")).

    From Wiktionary