wool

Wool is a fiber that comes from a sheep's or goat's hair and is used for knitting sweaters and weaving blankets. Better put on your wool hat and scarf — it's freezing out there!

Most wool comes from the fleece of sheep, although extra soft specialty wool (like cashmere and angora) comes from goats. In order to process wool so that it can be used to make clothing, rugs, and blankets, sheep must first be shorn. Once their fleece is cut off, it's washed and spun into yarn. If someone "pulls the wool over your eyes," they successfully fool or trick you.

Definitions of wool
  1. noun
    outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
    synonyms: fleece
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    type of:
    coat, pelage
    growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal
  2. noun
    fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving
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    Shetland wool
    a wool obtained from sheep of the Shetland islands
    raw wool
    wool in its natural condition; not refined or processed
    alpaca
    wool of the alpaca
    cashmere
    the wool of the Cashmere goat
    fleece
    the wool of a sheep or similar animal
    shoddy
    reclaimed wool fiber
    vicuna
    the wool of the vicuna
    virgin wool
    wool not used before; wool not processed or woven before
    type of:
    animal fiber, animal fibre
    fiber derived from animals
  3. noun
    a fabric made from the hair of sheep
    synonyms: woolen, woollen
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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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