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.

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

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1570, "fine hair of the Angora goat," also "a fabric made from this," from M.Fr. mocayart, It. mocaiarro, both from Arabic mukhayyar "cloth of goat hair," lit. "selected, choice," from khayyana "he chose." Spelling infl. in Eng. by association with hair. Moire "watered silk" (1660) probably represents
Eng. mohair borrowed into Fr. and back into English.
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animal-hair fibre obtained from the Angora goat (see ) and a significant so-called specialty hair fibre. The word mohair is derived from the Arabic mukhayyar ("goat's hair fabric"), which became mockaire in medieval times. Mohair is one of the oldest textile fibres, produced exclusively in Turkey for thousands of years, achieving importance in European textile manufacture during the 19th century. In the mid-1800s herds of common goats in southern Africa and the southwestern United States were upgraded by the importation of Angora sires.

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Example sentences
Inside is hot, still, and stuffy with that peculiar dust that seems to reside
  in old maroon mohair living room suites.
The amethyst-colored lobby is filled with velvet mohair chairs, leather
  half-moon shaped sofas and a marble-topped coffee table.
Featured pieces include cashmere sweaters, ermine suède loafers, and a navy
  mohair blazer.
If you're allergic to cats, don't even think about wearing mohair, the fuzzy
  yarn made from the silky hair of angora goats.
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