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also car·a·cul  (kăr′ə-kəl)
1. Any of a breed of Central Asian sheep having a wide tail and wool that is curled, glossy, and usually black in the young but brownish or grayish in adults.
2. The pelt of a newborn or sometimes fetal karakul lamb, used for clothing.
3. Wool from a karakul sheep, used for carpet yarn and felting. In all senses also called astrakhan.

[After Karakul, a lake of eastern Tajikistan.]


(ˈkærəkəl) or


1. (Breeds) a breed of sheep of central Asia having coarse black, grey, or brown hair: the lambs have soft curled usually black hair
2. (Textiles) the fur prepared from these lambs
[C19: from Russian, from the name of a region in Bukhara where the sheep originated]


or car•a•cul

(ˈkær ə kəl)

any of an Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adult: raised esp. for lambskins used in the fur industry. Compare broadtail, Persian lamb.
[1850–55; after Kara Kul lake on the Pamir plateau, Tajikistan, near where the sheep were bred]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Karakul - hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asiakarakul - hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asia; lambs are valued for their soft curly black fur
domestic sheep, Ovis aries - any of various breeds raised for wool or edible meat or skin
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Effect of genetic and environment factors on performance traits of Karakul sheep.
Some 8,500 big and small farms are exclusively rearing Karakul sheep, valued as much for its meat as for velvety pelts which are sold in the West, mainly in Finland, according to media reports quoting official statistics.
The Karakul Sheep Research Farm was targeted to study anthelmintic resistance against gastrointestinal nematodes in four sheep breeds namely Balochi, Rakhshani, Karakul and Cross breed.
Bayzhumasheva G, Ergaliev K, Alibayev NN (2013) Variability of live weight dynamics in karakul sheep, depending on intensity of hair pigmentation in the Mangyshlak-Ustyut breed.
The recorded data showed that Karakul sheep has more tendencies to get infestation from this parasite.