Karakul

Karakul

[kar-uh-kuhl]
noun (sometimes lowercase)
1.
one of an Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adult: raised especially for lambskins used in the fur industry. Compare broadtail, Persian lamb.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a Karakul lambskin.
Also, caracul.


Origin:
1850–55; after Kara Kul lake on the Pamir plateau, Tajikistan, near where the sheep were bred

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karakul or caracul (ˈkærəkəl)
 
n
1.  a breed of sheep of central Asia having coarse black, grey, or brown hair: the lambs have soft curled usually black hair
2.  the fur prepared from these lambs
 
[C19: from Russian, from the name of a region in Bukhara where the sheep originated]
 
caracul or caracul
 
n
 
[C19: from Russian, from the name of a region in Bukhara where the sheep originated]

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