[ muh-ree-noh ]
/ məˈri noʊ /
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noun, plural me·ri·nos.

(often initial capital letter) one of a breed of sheep, raised originally in Spain, valued for their fine wool.
wool from such sheep.
a yarn or fabric made from this wool.


made of merino wool, yarn, or cloth.



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Origin of merino

1775–85; <Spanish <Arabic (banū) marīn a Berber tribe known for raising this breed
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British Dictionary definitions for merino

/ (məˈriːnəʊ) /

noun plural -nos

a breed of sheep, originating in Spain, bred for their fleece
the long fine wool of this sheep
the yarn made from this wool, often mixed with cotton
pure merino Australian informal
  1. history a free settler rather than a convict
  2. an affluent and socially prominent person
  3. (as modifier)a pure merino cricketer


made from merino wool

Word Origin for merino

C18: from Spanish, origin uncertain
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