wool – Wiktionary

wool - Wiktionary


A sheep being sheared for its wool.


From Center English wolle, from Outdated English wull, from Proto-Germanic *wullō (cognate with Saterland Frisian Wulle, German Low German Wull, Dutch wol, German Wolle, Norwegian ull), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wĺ̥h₁neh₂ (examine Welsh gwlân, Latin lāna, Lithuanian vìlna, Russian во́лос (vólos), Bulgarian влас (vlas), Albanian lesh (wool, hair, fleece)). Doublet of lana.



wool (often uncountable, plural wools)

  1. The hair of the sheep, llama and another ruminants.
    • 2006, Nigel Man Wilson, Historical Greece, web page 692
      The sheep have been caught and plucked, as a result of shears had not but been invented to chop the wool from the sheep’s again.
  2. A material or yarn made out of the wool of sheep.
    • 2009, January 12, “Mireya Navarro”, in It Might Market Natural Alternate options, however Is Your Cleaner Actually Greener?:

      Spielvogel mentioned moist cleansing additionally has limitations; whereas it’s superb for cottons and materials worn in heat climates, he mentioned, it could possibly injury heavy wools or structured garments like swimsuit jackets.

  3. Something with a texture like that of wool.
    • 1975, Anthony Julian Huxley, Plant and Planet, web page 223
      The groundsels have leaves coated in wool for insulation []
  4. A superb fiber obtained from the leaves of sure bushes, akin to firs and pines.
  5. (out of date) Quick, thick hair, particularly when crisped or curled.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Printed In accordance with the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, revealed 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene i]:

      wool of bat and tongue of canine

  6. (Britain, New Zealand) yarn (together with that which is made out of artificial fibers.)
  7. (Liverpudlian) Derogatory time period for residents of the satellite tv for pc cities exterior Liverpool, akin to St Helens or Warrington. See additionally Yonner.


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  1. Comfortable mutation of gool.

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