Definitions for karakulˈkær ə kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Kar•a•kulˈkær ə kəl(n.)

or car•a•cul

  1. any of an Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adult: raised esp. for lambskins used in the fur industry.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

    Ref: Compare broadtail, Persian lamb.

Origin of Karakul:

1850–55; after Kara Kul lake on the Pamir plateau, Tajikistan, near where the sheep were bred

Princeton's WordNet

  1. broadtail, caracul, karakul(noun)

    hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asia; lambs are valued for their soft curly black fur


  1. karakul(Noun)

    A Central Asian breed of sheep.

  2. karakul(Noun)

    A kind of hat.


  1. Karakul

    Karakul or Qaraqul is a breed of domestic sheep which originated in Central Asia. Some archaeological evidence points to Karakul sheep being raised there continuously since 1400 BC. Hailing from the desert regions of Central Asia, Karakul sheep are renowned for their ability to forage and thrive under extremely harsh living conditions. They can survive because of a special quality they have, storing fat in their tails. Karakul are also raised in large numbers in Namibia, having first been brought there by German colonists in the early 20th century.


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