chenille

Chenille is a soft, tufted type of material. If fuzziness is what you want in a sweater, go for chenille (especially if you can't afford cashmere).

Chenille is any sort of yarn that has long pile — that is, stringy ends that are rooted in the core. It could help you remember what chenille is if you know it’s a French word originally meaning “hairy caterpillar,” which is something it resembles. Chenille is used in making many products, including clothes and carpets. Chenille is also often used to make decorative trim on furniture or curtains.

Definitions of chenille
  1. noun
    a soft tufted cord used in embroidery
    synonyms: chenille cord
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    type of:
    cord
    a line made of twisted fibers or threads
  2. noun
    a heavy fabric woven with chenille cord; used in rugs and bedspreads
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    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
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