A sheep being sheared for its wool.
From Middle English wolle, from Old English wull, from Proto-Germanic *wullō (compare Dutch wol, German Wolle, Norwegian ull), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wĺ̥h₁neh₂ (compare Welsh gwlân, Latin lāna, Lithuanian vìlna, Russian волос (volоs), Bulgarian влас (vlas), Albanian lesh (“wool, hair, fleece”)).
wool (usually uncountable, plural wools)
- The hair of the sheep, llama and some other ruminants.
- 2006, Nigel Guy Wilson, Ancient Greece, page 692
- The sheep were caught and plucked, because shears had not yet been invented to cut the wool from the sheep's back.
- A cloth or yarn made from the wool of sheep.
2009 January 12, Mireya Navarro, “It May Market Organic Alternatives, but Is Your Cleaner Really Greener?”:
- Spielvogel said wet cleaning also has limitations; while it is fine for cottons and fabrics worn in warm climates, he said, it can damage heavy wools or structured clothes like suit jackets.
- Anything with a texture like that of wool.
- 1975, Anthony Julian Huxley, Plant and Planet, page 223
- The groundsels have leaves covered in wool for insulation […]
- A fine fiber obtained from the leaves of certain trees, such as firs and pines.
- (obsolete) Short, thick hair, especially when crisped or curled.
- wool of bat and tongue of dog
hair of sheep, etc.
- Malay: wul, suf
- Malayalam: കമ്പിളി (ml) (kampiḷi)
- Maltese: suf m
- Maori: wūru
- Mongolian: ноос (noos)
- Navajo: aghaaʼ, dibé bighaaʼ, hakʼaz ayání bighaaʼ, Shádiʼááhdę́ę́ʼ tłʼízí bighaaʼ
- Bokmål: ull (no) m, f
- Nynorsk: ull f
- Occitan: lana f
- Old Church Slavonic: вльна f (vlĭna)
- Old Portuguese: lãa
- Persian: پشم (fa) (pašm)
- Polish: wełna (pl) f
- Portuguese: lã (pt) f
- Romanian: lână (ro) f
- Romansch: launa f, lana f, làna f, langa
- Russian: шерсть (ru) f (šerstʹ)
- Sardinian: lana f
- Scots: oo
- Scottish Gaelic: clòimh f, olann f
- Cyrillic: ву̏на f
- Roman: vȕna f
- Sicilian: lana f
- Slovak: vlna f
- Slovene: volna (sl) f
- Somali: suuf
- Lower Sorbian: wałma f
- Spanish: lana (es) f
- Swedish: ull (sv) c
- Telugu: బొచ్చు (te) (boccu)
- Thai: ขนแกะ (kŏn gàe)
- Turkish: yün (tr)
- Ukrainian: во́вна f (vóvna), шерсть f (šerstʹ)
- Uzbek: jun
- Venetian: łana f
- Walloon: linne f
- Welsh: gwlân (cy) m
- Yiddish: וואָל (vol)
- Zulu: uvolo
anything with a texture like that of wool