[ kar-uh-kuh l ]
/ ˈkær ə kəl /


Nearby words

  1. caracas,
  2. carack,
  3. caracol,
  4. caracole,
  5. caractacus,
  6. caradoc,
  7. carafe,
  8. caragana,
  9. carageen,
  10. caramanlis


or car·a·cul

[ 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.Compare broadtail, Persian lamb.
(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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for caracul


/ (ˈkærəˌkʌl) /


Also called: Persian lamb the black loosely curled fur obtained from the skins of newly born lambs of the karakul sheep
a variant spelling of karakul



/ (ˈkærəkəl) /


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 for karakul

C19: from Russian, from the name of a region in Bukhara where the sheep originated

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