1. Chiefly British. a yearling sheep that has been shorn once.
  2. short wool pulled from such a sheep.
  3. the skin from a recently shorn sheep or lamb, tanned with the wool still on it.

Origin of shearling

First recorded in 1350–1400, shearling is from the Middle English word scherling. See shear, -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a young sheep after its first shearing
  2. the skin of such an animal
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