[ wood-wool ]

  1. fine wood shavings, usually of pine, or chemically treated wood fibers: used for surgical dressings, as an insulating material, as a binder in plaster, for packing breakable objects, etc.

Origin of wood-wool

First recorded in 1550–60

Words Nearby wood-wool

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How to use wood-wool in a sentence

  • wood-wool dressings are more highly and more uniformly absorbent than cotton wools.

    Manual of Surgery | Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • Excelsior or wood wool is to be had in varying degrees of fineness of upholstery dealers.