Karakul

or car·a·cul

[ kar-uh-kuhl ]
/ 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.

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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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Example sentences from the Web for Karakul

  • He hesitated, and finally declared that he could not venture in the direction where the karakul had appeared.

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British Dictionary definitions for Karakul

karakul

caracul

/ (ˈkærəkəl) /

noun

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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