noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English wolle, from Old English wull; akin to Old High German wolla wool, Latin vellus fleece, lana wool Date: before 12th century 1. the soft wavy or curly usually thick undercoat of various hairy mammals and especially the sheep made up of a matrix of keratin fibers and covered with minute scales 2. a product of wool; especially a woven fabric or garment of such fabric 3. a. a dense felted pubescence especially on a plant ; tomentum b. a filamentous mass — usually used in combination; compare mineral wool, steel wool

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