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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.
all wool and a yard wide, genuine; excellent; sincere:
He was a real friend, all wool and a yard wide.
dyed in the wool, inveterate; confirmed:
a dyed in the wool sinner.
pull the wool over someone’s eyes, to deceive or delude someone:
The boy thought that by hiding the broken dish he could pull the wool over his mother’s eyes.
Contemporary Examples

The magic is in the impossible accomplishments born of wool, a needle, and a steady hand.
Chanel, Armani, and Givenchy Present Their Haute-Couture Collections in Paris Robin Givhan July 3, 2012

Is it better to have the wool pulled over our eyes, or to be blinded with the illusion of transparency?
Why the World Trusted Walter Lee Siegel July 18, 2009

The wool design by Maddalena Forcella brings to mind the gang warfare and violence that has plagued Mexico.
Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo Liza Foreman June 15, 2014

All day long I go about the house in a sweater, a scarf, and a wool cap.
Lights Out in Westchester, New York Malcolm Jones November 5, 2012

They dominated the wool trade, tax collection, law, and banking.
Columbus’ Forgotten Patron Mitchell Kaplan October 10, 2010

Historical Examples

It builds a cosey little nest out of moss and wool and hair.
Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad Various

The best of us are not above trying to pull the wool over our own eyes, at times.
Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower

But he was tired after his swim, and his wool was heavy with water.
Bobby of Cloverfield Farm Helen Fuller Orton

Mix this solution in three gallons of cold water, immerse the wool in it for several days, and then let it be washed and dried.
The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, Mary Eaton

We have some wool in loft, which we should not be unwilling to exchange for worsteds.
The International Monthly, Volume 4, No. 3, October, 1851 Various

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 materials: glass 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

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.


A person who woofs (1934+ Black)
A loudspeaker designed to reproduce bass notes faithfully (1935+)

Window Object Oriented Language. A small Common Lisp-like extension language. It claims to be the fastest interpreted language in C with run-time types. Colas Nahaboo colas@sophia.inria.fr. Version 1 is used as the kernel language of the GWM window manager. Version 2 has an object system.

one of the first material used for making woven cloth (Lev. 13:47, 48, 52, 59; 19:19). The first-fruit of wool was to be offered to the priests (Deut. 18:4). The law prohibiting the wearing of a garment “of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together” (Deut. 22:11) may, like some other laws of a similar character, have been intended to express symbolically the separateness and simplicity of God’s covenant people. The wool of Damascus, famous for its whiteness, was of great repute in the Tyrian market (Ezek. 27:18).


all wool and a yard wide
pull the wool over someone’s eyes


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