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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.
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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  • Inside is hot, still, and stuffy with that peculiar dust that seems to reside in old maroon mohair living room suites.
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  • The instrument has now been calibrated for measuring greasy mohair and has also been used to measure alpaca fiber.
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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Encyclopedia Article for mohair

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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