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camel's hair

the hair of the camel, used especially for cloth, painters' brushes, and Oriental rugs.
a soft cloth made of this hair, or of a substitute, usually yellowish tan to yellowish brown in color.
Also, camelhair.


[kam-uh lz-hair] /ˈkæm əlzˌhɛər/
made of camel's hair. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for camel hair

camel hair

the hair of the camel or dromedary, used in clothing, rugs, etc
  1. soft cloth made of or containing this hair or a substitute, usually tan in colour
  2. (as modifier): a camelhair coat
  1. the hair of the squirrel's tail, used for paintbrushes
  2. (as modifier): a camelhair brush

camel's hair

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Encyclopedia Article for camel hair

animal fibre obtained from the camel and belonging to the group called specialty hair fibres. The most satisfactory textile fibre is gathered from camels of the Bactrian type. Such camels have protective outer coats of coarse fibre that may grow as long as 15 inches (40 cm). The fine, shorter fibre of the insulating undercoat, 1.5-5 inches (4-13 cm) long, is the product generally called camel hair, or camel hair wool. The hair is not usually gathered by shearing or plucking; it is most often collected as the animal sheds its coat. Both the outer coat and the undercoat are shed at the same time, and combing, frequently by machine, separates the desirable down from the coarse outer hairs. The resultant fine fibre has a tiny diameter of 5-40 microns and is usually a reddish tan colour. Camel-hair fibre has greater sensitivity to chemicals than does wool fibre. Its strength is similar to that of wool having a similar diameter but is less than that of mohair. Fabric made of camel hair has excellent insulating properties and is warm and comfortable. Camel hair is mainly used for high-grade overcoat fabrics and is also made into knitting yarn, knitwear, blankets, and rugs. The coarse outer fibre is strong and is used in industrial fabrics such as machine beltings and presscloths employed in extracting oil from oilseeds.

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