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wool

 (wo͝ol)
n.
1.
a. The dense, soft, often curly hair forming the coat of sheep and certain other mammals, such as the goat and alpaca, consisting of cylindrical strands of keratin covered by minute overlapping scales and much valued as a textile fiber.
b. Fabric or yarn made of this hair.
2. Hairy or downy material on a plant or animal, as on certain caterpillars.
3. Filamentous or fibrous material similar to the wool of a sheep or other mammal.

[Middle English wolle, from Old English wull.]

wool adj.

wool

(wʊl)
n
1. (Zoology) the outer coat of sheep, yaks, etc, which consists of short curly hairs
2. (Textiles) yarn spun from the coat of sheep, etc, used in weaving, knitting, etc
3. (Textiles)
a. cloth or a garment made from this yarn
b. (as modifier): a wool dress.
4. (Chemistry) any of certain fibrous materials: glass wool; steel wool.
5. (Hairdressing & Grooming) informal short thick curly hair
6. (Botany) a tangled mass of soft fine hairs that occurs in certain plants
7. dyed in the wool confirmed in one's beliefs or opinions
8. pull the wool over someone's eyes to deceive or delude someone
[Old English wull; related to Old Frisian, Middle Dutch wulle, Old High German wolla (German Wolle), Old Norse ull, Latin lāna and vellus fleece]
ˈwool-ˌlike adj

wool

(wʊl)

n.
1. the fine, soft, curly hair that forms the fleece of sheep and certain other animals.
2. yarn made of such wool.
3. a fabric or garment of such wool.
4. any finely fibrous or filamentous matter suggestive of the wool of sheep: steel wool.
5. any coating of short, fine hairs or hairlike processes, as on a caterpillar or a plant; pubescence.
Idioms:
pull the wool over someone's eyes, to deceive or delude someone.
[before 900; Middle English wolle, Old English wull(e), c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German wulle, Old High German wolla, Old Norse ull, Gothic wulla; akin to Latin lāna, Skt ūrṇā wool, Latin vellus fleece]
wool′like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wool - a fabric made from the hair of sheep
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
tweed - thick woolen fabric used for clothing; originated in Scotland
2.wool - fiber sheared from animals (such as sheep) and twisted into yarn for weaving
animal fiber, animal fibre - fiber derived from animals
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 Kashmir 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
3.wool - outer coat of especially sheep and yakswool - outer coat of especially sheep and yaks
pelage, coat - growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal

wool

noun
1. fleece, hair, coat These shawls are made from the wool of mountain goats.
2. yarn a ball of wool
dyed in the wool hardened, confirmed, settled, fixed, uncompromising, inflexible, diehard, inveterate, unshakable, unchangeable He is a dyed-in-the-wool socialist.
pull the wool over someone's eyes deceive, kid (informal), trick, fool, take in (informal), con (slang), dupe, delude, bamboozle (informal), hoodwink, put one over on (slang), pull a fast one on someone (informal), lead someone up the garden path (informal) a phony psychic who pulled the wool over everyone's eyes
Translations
صوفصُوف
vlna
uld=-garn
lano
villa
vuna
gyapjú
wol
ull
羊毛
양모
akis muilintinelabai nuovokusvilnavilnonisvilnonis rūbas
vilnavilnas-
lână
volna
вуна
ullylle
ขนสัตว์ เช่นขนแกะและสัตว์อื่นๆ
вовна
len

wool

[wʊl]
A. N [of sheep] → lana f
all wool; pure woollana pura
it's made of wooles de lana
to pull the wool over sb's eyesdar a algn gato por liebre
see also dyed-in-the-wool
B. ADJde lana
C. CPD wool merchant Ncomerciante mf de lanas, lanero/a m/f
wool trade Ncomercio m de lana

wool

[ˈwʊl]
nlaine f
It's made of wool → C'est en laine.
to pull the wool over sb's eyes (fig) (= deceive) → embobiner qn
modif [blanket, dress, jacket, trousers] → en laine; [production, producers] → de laine; [trade] → de la laine

wool

n
Wolle f; (= cloth)Wollstoff m; all wool, pure woolreine Wolle; to pull the wool over somebody’s eyes (inf)jdm Sand in die Augen streuen (inf)
(= glass wool, wire wool)Wolle f
adjWoll-; (= made of wool also)aus Wolle; wool coatWollmantel m

wool

:
woolgathering
nTräumen nt; to be woolvor sich (acc)hin träumen
woolgrower
nSchafzüchter(in) m(f) (für Wolle)

wool

:
woolmark
nWollsiegel nt
woolsack
n (= seat)Wollsack m (Sitz des Lordkanzlers im britischen Oberhaus); (= office)Amt ntdes Lordkanzlers

wool

[wʊl]
1. nlana
all wool, pure wool → pura lana
pure new wool → pura lana vergine
knitting wool → lana per lavorare a maglia
a ball of wool → un gomitolo di lana
to pull the wool over sb's eyes (fam) → gettare fumo negli occhi a qn
2. adj (dress) → di lana; (shop) → di lane, di filati; (trade, industry) → della lana

wool

(wul) noun, adjective
(of) the soft hair of sheep and some other animals, often made into yarn etc for knitting or into fabric for making clothes etc. I wear wool in winter; knitting-wool; a wool blanket.
ˈwoollen adjective
made of wool. a woollen hat.
ˈwoollens noun plural
clothes (especially jumpers etc) made of wool. Woollens should be washed by hand.
ˈwoolly adjective
1. made of, or like, wool. a woolly jumper/rug.
2. (also ˌwoolly-ˈheaded) (of a person) vague or hazy. She's too woolly(-headed) to be in charge of a department.
nounplural ˈwoollies
a knitted garment.
ˈwoolliness noun
pull the wool over someone's eyes
to deceive someone.

wool

صُوف vlna uld Wolle μαλλί lana villa laine vuna lana 羊毛 양모 wol ull wełna шерсть ull ขนสัตว์ เช่นขนแกะและสัตว์อื่นๆ yün len 羊毛

wool

n lana
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The dry-goods stores were not down among the counting-houses, banks, and wholesale warerooms, where gentlemen most do congregate, but Jo found herself in that part of the city before she did a single errand, loitering along as if waiting for someone, examining engineering instruments in one window and samples of wool in another, with most unfeminine interest, tumbling over barrels, being half-smothered by descending bales, and hustled unceremoniously by busy men who looked as if they wondered `how the deuce she got there'.
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cried Ahab, aye, Queequeg, the harpoons lie all twisted and wrenched in him; aye, Daggoo, his spout is a big one, like a whole shock of wheat, and white as a pile of our Nantucket wool after the great annual sheep-shearing; aye, Tashtego, and he fan-tails like a split jib in a squall.
but, Sam," said Andy, "you'd better think twice; for Missis don't want her cotched, and she'll be in yer wool.
I had that dynamite bomb in it, done up in wool in a box.
This nigger had a good-natured, chuckle-headed face, and his wool was all tied up in little bunches with thread.
They'll crack old Tony on the skull, And preach and roar like Bashan bull, Or braying ass, of mischief full, Then seize old Jacob by the wool, And pull for heavenly union.
He had a very fine flock, and, while she was with them, he had been bid more for his wool than any body in the country.
This bed is the fairy cave under Penistone crags, and you are gathering elf-bolts to hurt our heifers; pretending, while I am near, that they are only locks of wool.
She looked the thick white wool coat and dress over, and added with cool approval:
This robe was crimson, and manufactured out of the very finest wool.