- the coat or fleece of an Angora goat.
- a fabric made of yarn from this fleece, in a plain weave for draperies and in a pile weave for upholstery.
- a garment made of this fabric.
Origin of mohair
Examples from the Web for mohair
No one really wanted to be seen again in mohair and ripped stockings.Viva La 1990s!
May 5, 2010
Popular weave of mohair, made in coating weight for Spanish trade.
Mohair and alpaca noils are obtained by the combing of these materials.
Examine the sample of mohair and separate a filling thread into fibers.
How does the length compare with that of the wool and mohair?
Hold a mohair fiber and a wool fiber side by side to the light.
- Also called: angora the long soft silky hair that makes up the outer coat of the Angora goat
- a fabric made from the yarn of this hair and cotton or wool
- (as modifier)a mohair suit
Word Origin and History for mohair
1610s, earlier mocayre, 1560s, "fine hair of the Angora goat," also "a fabric made from this," from Middle French mocayart (16c.), Italian mocaiarro, both from Arabic mukhayyar "cloth of goat hair," literally "selected, choice," from khayyara "he chose." Spelling influenced in English by association with hair. Moire "watered silk" (1650s) probably represents English mohair borrowed into French and back into English.