See under wool(def 5).
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Origin of vegetable wool
First recorded in 1880–85
Words nearby vegetable wool
Definition for vegetable wool (2 of 2)
[ woo l ]
/ wʊl /
the fine, soft, curly hair that forms the fleece of sheep and certain other animals, characterized by minute, overlapping surface scales that give it its felting property.
fabrics and garments of such wool.
yarn made of such wool.
any of various substances used commercially as substitutes for the wool of sheep or other animals.
any of certain vegetable fibers, as cotton or flax, used as wool, especially after preparation by special process (vegetable wool).
any finely fibrous or filamentous matter suggestive of the wool of sheep: glass wool; steel wool.
any coating of short, fine hairs or hairlike processes, as on a caterpillar or a plant; pubescence.
Informal. the human hair, especially when short, thick, and crisp.
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
OTHER WORDS FROM woolwool·like, adjectivenon·wool, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vegetable wool
/ (wʊl) /
the outer coat of sheep, yaks, etc, which consists of short curly hairs
yarn spun from the coat of sheep, etc, used in weaving, knitting, etc
- cloth or a garment made from this yarn
- (as modifier)a wool dress
any of certain fibrous materialsglass wool; steel wool
informal short thick curly hair
a tangled mass of soft fine hairs that occurs in certain plants
dyed in the wool confirmed in one's beliefs or opinions
pull the wool over someone's eyes to deceive or delude someone
Derived forms of woolwool-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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Idioms and Phrases with vegetable wool
see all wool and a yard wide; pull the wool over someone's eyes.
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