vegetable wool


noun

See under wool(def 5).

Origin of vegetable wool

First recorded in 1880–85

Definition for vegetable wool (2 of 2)

wool

[ woo l ]
/ wʊl /

noun

Origin of wool

before 900; Middle English wolle, Old English wull(e), cognate with Dutch wol, German Wolle, Old Norse ull, Gothic wulla; akin to Latin lāna, Sanskrit ūrṇā, Welsh gwlân wool, Latin vellus fleece, Greek oúlos woolly
Related formswool·like, adjectivenon·wool, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vegetable wool

wool

/ (wʊl) /

noun

Derived Formswool-like, adjective

Word Origin for wool

Old English wull; related to Old Frisian, Middle Dutch wulle, Old High German wolla (German Wolle), Old Norse ull, Latin lāna and vellus fleece
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Word Origin and History for vegetable wool

wool


n.

Old English wull, from Proto-Germanic *wulno (cf. Old Norse ull, Old Frisian wolle, Middle Dutch wolle, Dutch wol, Old High German wolla, German wolle, Gothic wulla), from PIE *wele- (cf. Sanskrit urna; Avestan varena; Greek lenos "wool;" Latin lana "wool," vellus "fleece;" Old Church Slavonic vluna, Russian vulna, Lithuanian vilna "wool;" Middle Irish olann, Welsh gwlan "wool"). Figurative expression pull the wool over (someone's) eyes is recorded from 1839, American English.

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Idioms and Phrases with vegetable wool

wool


see all wool and a yard wide; pull the wool over someone's eyes.

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