follow Dictionary.com

What's the "een" in Halloween?

Karakul

[kar-uh-kuh l] /ˈkær ə kəl/
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.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) a Karakul lambskin.
Also, caracul.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; after Kara Kul lake on the Pamir plateau, Tajikistan, near where the sheep were bred
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for Karakul

karakul

/ˈkærəkəl/
noun
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
See also Persian lamb
Word Origin
C19: from Russian, from the name of a region in Bukhara where the sheep originated
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Karakul

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Karakul

15
17
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for karakul