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[woo l-pak] /ˈwʊlˌpæk/
a coarse fabric, usually of jute, in which raw wool is packed for transport.
the package in which raw wool is done up for transport.
something resembling such a package, as a fleecy cloud.
Meteorology. a cumulus cloud of fleecy appearance with a horizontal base.
Origin of woolpack
1250-1300; Middle English; see wool, pack1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The woolpack and Fleece were, of course, the signs of inns frequented by the merchants who came to buy wool.

    Old Country Inns of England Henry P. Maskell
  • There was just a chance that it was the woolpack Sand that she was on.

    Storm Warriors John Gilmore
  • Crest: A woolpack charged with a ram couchant all proper, ducally crowned azure.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • They both have their feet on woolpacks, and on the son's woolpack is his merchant's mark.

    Medieval People Eileen Edna Power
  • You may imagine that the meeting of the Club at the woolpack that evening was unusually lively.

    Brother Jacob George Eliot
  • Mrs. Tolhurst got it from Peter Crouch, who had it from the woolpack yesterday.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • "He ain't twenty-one till Michaelmas," said Vine at the woolpack.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • It began to be noticed at the woolpack that Joanna was losing heart.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • Her curiosity was soon satisfied, though she was at a disadvantage in having no male to bring her news from the woolpack.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • For several days those black cushions were the talk of the woolpack bar and every farm.

    Joanna Godden Sheila Kaye-Smith
British Dictionary definitions for woolpack


the cloth or canvas wrapping used to pack a bale of wool
a bale of wool
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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