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[moh-hair] /ˈmoʊˌhɛər/
the coat or fleece of an Angora goat.
a fabric made of yarn from this fleece, in a plain weave for draperies and in a pile weave for upholstery.
a garment made of this fabric.
Origin of mohair
1560-70; variant (by folk etymology) of earlier mocayare < Italian moccaiaro < Arabic mukhayyar literally, chosen, choice, past participle of khayyara to choose Unabridged
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  • Detach from the sample of mohair brilliantine a warp thread; a filling thread.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • mohair and alpaca noils are obtained by the combing of these materials.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • It is fit for manufacturing into any of the goods for which mohair is used.

  • Hold a mohair fiber and a wool fiber side by side to the light.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Here are three samples: one called brilliantine; and another, alpaca; the third, mohair.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Thanks to Mrs. Cooke, our visit to mohair was a pleasant one.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • There is no plush made which will give the service, present the luster and retain a standing pile as37 long as mohair.

  • "He's off to mohair now, sir," said the valet, with a salute.

    The Celebrity, Complete Winston Churchill
  • We know what the mohair is used for, and know how it is prepared for manufacturing.

British Dictionary definitions for mohair


Also called angora. the long soft silky hair that makes up the outer coat of the Angora goat
  1. a fabric made from the yarn of this hair and cotton or wool
  2. (as modifier): a mohair suit
Word Origin
C16: variant (influenced by hair) of earlier mocayare, ultimately from Arabic mukhayyar, literally: choice, from khayyara to choose
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Word Origin and History for mohair

1610s, earlier mocayre, 1560s, "fine hair of the Angora goat," also "a fabric made from this," from Middle French mocayart (16c.), Italian mocaiarro, both from Arabic mukhayyar "cloth of goat hair," literally "selected, choice," from khayyara "he chose." Spelling influenced in English by association with hair. Moire "watered silk" (1650s) probably represents English mohair borrowed into French and back into English.

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