Definitions for woolwʊl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the fine, soft, curly hair that forms the fleece of sheep and certain other animals.

    Category: Biology

  2. yarn made of such wool.

    Category: Textiles

  3. a fabric or garment of such wool.

    Category: Textiles

  4. any finely fibrous or filamentous matter suggestive of the wool of sheep:

    steel wool.

  5. any coating of short, fine hairs or hairlike processes, as on a caterpillar or a plant; pubescence.

    Category: Biology

Idioms for wool:

  1. pull the wool over someone's eyes, to deceive or delude someone.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of wool:

bef. 900; ME wolle, OE wull(e), c. MD, MLG wulle, OHG wolla, ON ull, Go wulla; akin to L lāna, Skt ūrṇā wool, L vellus fleece


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wool, woolen, woollen(noun)

    a fabric made from the hair of sheep

  2. wool(noun)

    fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving

  3. wool, fleece(noun)

    outer coat of especially sheep and yaks

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wool(noun)ʊl

    sheep's hair or the fiber or material made from sheep's hair

    a ball of wool; a wool jacket


  1. wool(Noun)

    The hair of the sheep, llama and some other ruminants.

  2. wool(Noun)

    A cloth or yarn made from the wool of sheep.

  3. wool(Noun)

    Anything with a texture like that of wool.

  4. wool(Adjective)

    Made of wool.

    Put on a woolly jumper and turn down the thermostat.

  5. Wool(ProperNoun)

    A town in Dorset, England.

  6. Origin: wolle, from wull, from wullō (cf. Dutch wol, German Wolle, Norwegian ull), from h₂wĺ̥h₁neh₂ (cf. Welsh gwlân, Latin lana, Lithuanian vilna, Russian волна).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wool(noun)

    the soft and curled, or crisped, species of hair which grows on sheep and some other animals, and which in fineness sometimes approaches to fur; -- chiefly applied to the fleecy coat of the sheep, which constitutes a most essential material of clothing in all cold and temperate climates

  2. Wool(noun)

    short, thick hair, especially when crisped or curled

  3. Wool(noun)

    a sort of pubescence, or a clothing of dense, curling hairs on the surface of certain plants


  1. Wool

    Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and certain other animals, including cashmere from goats, mohair from goats, qiviut from muskoxen, angora from rabbits, and other types of wool from camelids. Wool has several qualities that distinguish it from hair or fur: it is crimped, it is elastic, and it grows in staples. In the United States the term wool is usually restricted to describing the fibrous protein derived from the specialized skin cells called follicles in sheep, although in the UK it may be used of any long curling fiber such as wood wool, wire wool, etc.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Wool

    The hair of SHEEP or other animals that is used for weaving.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wool' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3646

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wool' in Nouns Frequency: #2005

Translations for wool

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of) the soft hair of sheep and some other animals, often made into yarn etc for knitting or into fabric for making clothes etc

I wear wool in winter; knitting-wool; a wool blanket.

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