see also: Wool
  • (RP) IPA: /wʊl/
  • (GA) enPR: wo͝ol, IPA: /wʊl/, [wʊ̠ɫ], [wɫ̩]

wool (uncountable)

  1. 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.
  2. A cloth or yarn made from the wool of sheep.
  3. 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 […]
  4. A fine fiber obtained from the leaves of certain trees, such as firs and pines.
  5. (obsolete) Short, thick hair, especially when crisped or curled.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      wool of bat and tongue of dog
  6. (British, NZ) yarn (including that which is made from synthetic fibers.)
  7. (Scouse) Derogatory term for residents of the satellite towns outside Liverpool, such as St Helens or Warrington. See also Yonner.
Translations Translations
  • (British, America) IPA: /wʊl/
Proper noun
  1. A village in Dorset, England.

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