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or caracul

[kar-uh-kuh l] /ˈkær ə kəl/
noun, (sometimes lowercase)
one of an Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adult: raised especially for lambskins used in the fur industry.
(sometimes lowercase) a Karakul lambskin.
Origin of Karakul
First recorded in 1850-55; after Kara Kul lake on the Pamir plateau, Tajikistan, near where the sheep were bred Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He hesitated, and finally declared that he could not venture in the direction where the Karakul had appeared.

    Twice Lost W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for Karakul


a breed of sheep of central Asia having coarse black, grey, or brown hair: the lambs have soft curled usually black hair
the fur prepared from these lambs
See also Persian lamb
Word Origin
C19: from Russian, from the name of a region in Bukhara where the sheep originated
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