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

n outer coat of especially sheep and yaks

Type of:
coat, pelage
growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal

n 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
wool of the alpaca
the wool of the Cashmere goat
the wool of a sheep or similar animal
reclaimed wool fiber
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

n a fabric made from the hair of sheep

woolen, woollen
Type of:
cloth, fabric, material, textile
artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

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