Definition of merino in English:


Line breaks: me¦rino
Pronunciation: /məˈriːnəʊ

noun (plural merinos)

  • 1 (also merino sheep) A sheep of a breed with long, fine wool.
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    • Here, flocks of fine wool-bearing merino sheep (first imported from the Cape Colony in 1797) spread out and by 1880 it supported over 60 million sheep.
    • The sheep was ideal, the merino sheep because it has big neck folds, the wool breeders grew them with a lot of skin.
    • First, it is knitted into a voluminous hat by women in Ariana just to the north of Tunis using imported wool from Australian merino sheep for the deluxe version, local wool for less expensive models.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] A soft woollen or wool-and-cotton material resembling cashmere, originally of merino wool.
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    • If you find wool uncomfortable or itchy, you can find sweaters in merino wool, cashmere or mohair, for a softer, almost silky touch - but these can be more pricey, especially cashmere.
    • Stock up on key fabrics like cotton, linen, silk and lightweight knits in the summer months, and wool, cashmere and merino knits in the winter.
    • Sweaters are simpler this season, available in fabrics such as cotton, regular wool, merino wool or cashmere.
  • 1.2 [mass noun] A fine woollen yarn.
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    • It is wonderfully soft and dye free, composed of alpaca and merino from the rare yarns company.
    • ‘This spinning wheel is a little darling,’ she added, deftly teasing out a skein of deep bluey green yarn - a luxury mixture of mohair, merino and silk.
    • When the paper patterns were colored, the stitcher replicated the colors with her palette of soft merino wool yarns.
  • 1.3West Indian An undershirt, originally one made of merino wool.


late 18th century: from Spanish, of unknown origin.

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