wool, woolen, woollen(noun)
a fabric made from the hair of sheep
fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving
outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
The hair of the sheep, llama and some other ruminants.
A cloth or yarn made from the wool of sheep.
Anything with a texture like that of wool.
Made of wool.
Put on a woolly jumper and turn down the thermostat.
A town in Dorset, England.
Origin: wolle, from wull, from wullō (cf. Dutch wol, German Wolle, Norwegian ull), from h₂wĺ̥h₁neh₂ (cf. Welsh gwlân, Latin lana, Lithuanian vilna, Russian волна).
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
short, thick hair, especially when crisped or curled
a sort of pubescence, or a clothing of dense, curling hairs on the surface of certain plants
Origin: [OE. wolle, wulle, AS. wull; akin to D. wol, OHG. wolla, G. wolle, Icel. & Sw. ull, Dan. uld, Goth, wulla, Lith. vilna, Russ. volna, L. vellus, Skr. r wool, v to cover. 146, 287. Cf. Flannel, Velvet.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wool, n. the soft, curly hair of sheep and other animals: short, thick hair: any light, fleecy substance resembling wool.—n. Wool′ball, a ball of wool, such as is sometimes found in a sheep's stomach.—adj. Wool′-bear′ing, bearing or yielding wool.—ns. Wool′-card′ing, the process of separating the fibres of wool preparatory to spinning; Wool′-comb′er, one whose occupation is to comb wool in order to disentangle and straighten out the fibres; Wool′-comb′ing; Wool′-drī′ver, one who buys up wool for a market.—adj. Wool′-dyed, dyed before spinning or weaving.—ns. Wool′fat, lanolin; Wool′fell, the skin with the wool still on it; Wool′-gath′ering, indulgence of idle fancies.—adj. dreamy: listless.—n. Wool′-grow′er, one who raises sheep for the production of wool.—adj. Wool′len, made of, or pertaining to, wool: clad in wool, rustic.—n. cloth made of wool.—ns. Wool′len-cord, a ribbed stuff, the face all of wool; Wool′len-drā′per, one who deals in woollen goods; Wool′liness.—adjs. Wool′ly, consisting of, or like, wool: clothed with wool; Wool′ly-haired, -head′ed, having the hair like wool.—ns. Wool′ly-pas′tinum, a kind of red orpiment; Wool′man, a dealer in wool; Wool′-mill, a building for the spinning of wool and the weaving of woollen cloth; Wool′pack, the package in which wool was formerly done up for sale: a bundle weighing 240 lb.: cirro-cumulus cloud; Wool′-pack′er; Wool′-pick′er, a machine for cleaning wool; Wool′sack, the seat of the Lord Chancellor in the House of Lords, being a large square sack of wool covered with scarlet; Wool′sey, a material made of cotton and wool.—n.pl. Wool′-shears, shears used in shearing sheep.—ns. Wool′-sort′er, one who sorts wool according to quality, &c.; Wool′-stā′ple, the fibre or pile of wool; Wool′-stā′pler, a wool-factor: a wool-sorter.—adv. Wool′ward (Shak.), in wool, as a penance.—ns. Wool′-wind′er, one who bundles wool for packing; Wool′work, needlework imitative of tapestry.—Wool-sorters' disease (see Anthrax).—Angora wool, the wool of the Angora goat; Berlin-wool, a kind of fine-dyed wool used for worsted work. [A.S. wull; Goth. wulla, Ger. wolle, L. villus.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The hair of SHEEP or other animals that is used for weaving.
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British National Corpus
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wool' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3646
Rank popularity for the word 'wool' in Nouns Frequency: #2005
The numerical value of wool in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of wool in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.
If you give the poor wool today, God you will have a sheep tomorrow.
My friend Josephus dons heavy wool sox prior to 'booting-up' up' his PC!
My friend Josephus dons heavy wool sox prior to 'bootin-up' with his PC!
You can go with a seagrass rug instead of a wool rug and still have a wonderful room.
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Translations for wool
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- во́ўна, шэрсць, пра́жаBelarusian
- вълна́, пре́жда, вълнаBulgarian
- gloanenn, gloan, gloanajBreton
- llanaCatalan, Valencian
- vlna, přízeCzech
- вльнаOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- clòimh, olannScottish Gaelic
- գեղմ, բուրդArmenian
- 羊毛, ウールJapanese
- შალის ქსოვილი, მატყლიGeorgian
- WollLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- vilna, vilnonasLithuanian
- dzija, vilnaLatvian
- во́лница, пре́ѓа, во́лнаMacedonian
- suf, wulMalay
- ullNorwegian Nynorsk
- aghaaʼ, hakʼaz ayání bighaaʼ, Shádiʼááhdę́ę́ʼ tłʼízí bighaaʼ, dibé bighaaʼNavajo, Navaho
- wełna, przędzaPolish
- làna, launa, langaRomansh
- пря́жа, шерстьRussian
- prtilica, vȕna, ву̏на, predjaSerbo-Croatian
- vlna, priadzaSlovak
- ull, ylleSwedish
- ఉన్ని, బొచ్చుTelugu
- ผ้าขนสัตว์, สักหลาด, ขนแกะThai
- во́вна, пря́жа, шерстьUkrainian
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