lamb's wool
Wassail Was"sail, n. [AS. wes h[=a]l (or an equivalent form in another dialect) be in health, which was the form of drinking a health. The form wes is imperative. See {Was}, and {Whole}.] [1913 Webster] 1. An ancient expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking to some one. [1913 Webster]

Geoffrey of Monmouth relates, on the authority of Walter Calenius, that this lady [Rowena], the daughter of Hengist, knelt down on the approach of the king, and, presenting him with a cup of wine, exclaimed, Lord king w[ae]s heil, that is, literally, Health be to you. --N. Drake. [1913 Webster]

2. An occasion on which such good wishes are expressed in drinking; a drinking bout; a carouse. ``In merry wassail he . . . peals his loud song.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

The king doth wake to-night and takes his rouse, Keeps wassail. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The victors abandoned themselves to feasting and wassail. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

3. The liquor used for a wassail; esp., a beverage formerly much used in England at Christmas and other festivals, made of ale (or wine) flavored with spices, sugar, toast, roasted apples, etc.; -- called also {lamb's wool}. [1913 Webster]

A jolly wassail bowl, A wassail of good ale. --Old Song. [1913 Webster]

4. A festive or drinking song or glee. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Have you done your wassail! 'T is a handsome, drowsy ditty, I'll assure you. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]


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  • Lamb's wool — Lamb Lamb, n. [AS. lamb; akin to D. & Dan. lam, G. & Sw. lamm, OS., Goth., & Icel. lamb.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The young of the sheep. [1913 Webster] 2. Any person who is as innocent or gentle as a lamb. [1913 Webster] 3. A simple, unsophisticated… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lamb's wool — noun 1. a. : the soft elastic wool shorn from lambs seven or eight months old b. : the superior woolen woven from lamb s wool 2. : a sugared and spiced hot ale beverage containing the pulp of roasted apples * * * 1. a soft, virgin wool possessing …   Useful english dictionary

  • lamb's wool — high quality wool taken from young sheep; fabric made from lamb s wool …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lamb's wool — 1. a soft, virgin wool possessing superior spinning qualities, shorn from a seven month old lamb. 2. a fabric made from this wool. [1545 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • lamb's wool — /ˈlæmz wʊl/ (say lamz wool) noun a soft, fluffy wool, with superior spinning qualities, shorn from a lamb of seven months …   Australian English dictionary

  • lamb’s wool —  Not lambswool …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • lamb's-wool — …   Useful english dictionary

  • lamb's-wool sponge — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun : wool sponge …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lamb's lettuce — Lamb Lamb, n. [AS. lamb; akin to D. & Dan. lam, G. & Sw. lamm, OS., Goth., & Icel. lamb.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The young of the sheep. [1913 Webster] 2. Any person who is as innocent or gentle as a lamb. [1913 Webster] 3. A simple, unsophisticated… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lamb's tongue — Lamb Lamb, n. [AS. lamb; akin to D. & Dan. lam, G. & Sw. lamm, OS., Goth., & Icel. lamb.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) The young of the sheep. [1913 Webster] 2. Any person who is as innocent or gentle as a lamb. [1913 Webster] 3. A simple, unsophisticated… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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