Definition of wool in English:

wool

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Pronunciation: /wʊl
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1The fine, soft curly or wavy hair forming the coat of a sheep, goat, or similar animal, especially when shorn and prepared for use in making cloth or yarn: Harris tweed is made from pure new wool
More example sentences
  • Tents and rugs are made from sheep's wool or goats' hair.
  • She was wearing a cloak made out of a Lena's fur, which was much like a sheep's wool, only finer and much softer.
  • Nomads of the desert and the high plateau live in tents woven from goat's hair, wool, and grass.
Synonyms
1.1Yarn or textile fibre made from wool: carpets made of 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon [count noun]: a sampler in coloured wools [as modifier]: her blue wool suit
More example sentences
  • Kirby's collection has recently expanded to include classically styled trousers in Super - 120 wools and wool cashmere blends.
  • For Merino and halfbred wools, fibre diameter is the major factor that contributes to price variation as it significantly influences both fibre processing properties and ultimate product quality.
  • We must have sold millions and millions and millions of yards of navy blue cashmere or pure wools, beautiful quality fabrics, which I always did.
2A thing resembling wool, in particular:
2.1 [with modifier] The soft underfur or down of some other mammals: beaver wool
More example sentences
  • I shivered with each step taken while she glided on in a warm alpaca wool sweater resurrected from her bulkiest bag.
  • Solid-colored llama wool sweaters offer protection against the cold Andean night air.
  • For two decades poachers have slaughtered chiru by the thousands for their wool, which is finer and more expensive than cashmere.
2.2 [with modifier] A metal or mineral made into a mass of fine fibres: lead wool
More example sentences
  • All materials (cellulose Soxhlet thimbles, silica wool, vials) were cleaned with analytical grade organic solvents prior to use.
  • There are many grades of steel wool on the market today.
  • Aluminium can be keep clean with fine steel wool and plenty of soap.

Origin

Old English wull, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wol and German Wolle, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin lana 'wool', vellus 'fleece'.

Phrases

pull the wool over someone's eyes

Deceive someone by telling untruths.
More example sentences
  • Being in the ‘promised land’ is obviously not all it's cracked up to be - or just maybe the board are pulling the wool over our eyes.
  • They were pulling the wool over our eyes from Day One.
  • He presents it as though he's pulling the wool over our eyes, only we are all too stupid to notice.
Synonyms
informal lead up the garden path, pull a fast one on, put one over on, bamboozle, con

Derivatives

wool-like

adjective
More example sentences
  • We believe that it may be suffering from an aphid attack as it is covered in cotton wool-like clusters which have formed on the underside of the tree's branches.
  • By comparison, rock wool, which is sometimes mistaken for vermiculite insulation because of its similar light gray to dark gray color, is thick and wool-like in appearance, as opposed to granular.
  • He wore plain dark trainers, black jeans, a white pullover and a black wool-like coat, with a navy shoulder strap bag hanging behind him.

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