A sheep being sheared for its wool.



  • The hair of the sheep, llama and some other ruminants.
  • A cloth or yarn made from the wool of sheep.
  • Anything with a texture like that of wool.
  • A fine fiber obtained from the leaves of certain trees, such as firs and pines.
  • Short, thick hair, especially when crisped or curled.
  • yarn (including that which is made from synthetic fibers.)
  • Derogatory term for residents of the satellite towns outside Liverpool, such as St Helens or Warrington. See also Yonner.


Narrower meaning words


  • From Middle English wolle, from Old English wull, from Proto-West Germanic *wullu, from Proto-Germanic *wullō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wĺ̥h₁neh₂.
  • Cognate with Saterland Frisian Wulle, German Low German Wull, Dutch wol, German Wolle, Norwegian ull); also Welsh gwlân, Latin lāna, Lithuanian vìlna, Russian во́лос, Bulgarian влас, Albanian lesh ("wool, hair, fleece"). lana.

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