mohair

[ moh-hair ]
/ ˈmoʊˌhɛər /

noun

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

1560–70; variant (by folk etymology) of earlier mocayare < Italian moccaiaro < Arabic mukhayyar literally, chosen, choice, past participle of khayyara to choose
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mohair

/ (ˈməʊˌhɛə) /

noun

Also called: angora the long soft silky hair that makes up the outer coat of the Angora goat
  1. a fabric made from the yarn of this hair and cotton or wool
  2. (as modifier)a mohair suit

Word Origin for mohair

C16: variant (influenced by hair) of earlier mocayare, ultimately from Arabic mukhayyar, literally: choice, from khayyara to choose
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