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or car·a·cul

[kar-uh-kuh l]
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noun (sometimes lowercase)
  1. 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.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) a Karakul lambskin.
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Origin of Karakul

First recorded in 1850–55; after Kara Kul lake on the Pamir plateau, Tajikistan, near where the sheep were bred
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Historical Examples

  • 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



  1. a breed of sheep of central Asia having coarse black, grey, or brown hair: the lambs have soft curled usually black hair
  2. the fur prepared from these lambs
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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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