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mohair

[moh-hair] /ˈmoʊˌhɛər/
noun
1.
the coat or fleece of an Angora goat.
2.
a fabric made of yarn from this fleece, in a plain weave for draperies and in a pile weave for upholstery.
3.
a garment made of this fabric.
Origin of mohair
1560-1570
1560-70; variant (by folk etymology) of earlier mocayare < Italian moccaiaro < Arabic mukhayyar literally, chosen, choice, past participle of khayyara to choose
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mohair

/ˈməʊˌhɛə/
noun
1.
Also called angora. the long soft silky hair that makes up the outer coat of the Angora goat
2.
  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
n.

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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