Definition of wool noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wʊl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wʊl//
    [uncountable] Farm animals, Parts of animals
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  1. 1  the soft fine hair that covers the body of sheep, goats and some other animals See related entries: Farm animals, Parts of animals
  2. 2  long thick thread made from animal’s wool, used for knitting a ball of wool She’s knitting a jumper in pure wool. She spun wool by hand to weave into clothing.
  3. 3   cloth made from animal’s wool, used for making clothes, etc. This scarf is 100% wool. pure new wool a wool blanket
  4. see also cotton wool, dyed in the wool, lambswool, steel wool, wire wool
    Word OriginOld English wull, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wol and German Wolle, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin lana ‘wool’, vellus ‘fleece’.Idioms
    pull the wool over somebody’s eyes
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    (informal) to try to trick somebody; to hide your real actions or intentions from somebody
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