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wooly

[woo l-ee] /ˈwʊl i/
adjective, woolier, wooliest, noun, plural woolies.
1.
Related forms
wooliness, noun
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Examples from the web for wooly
  • You'll see elk, deer and cranes, and get so close to a herd of bison that you can practically smell their wooly fur.
  • Prehistoric animals such as wooly mammoths roamed the land.
  • Imagine hordes of spear-wielding humans at a wooly mammoth's feet.
  • It was quite a large sample, quite a large clump of brown, wooly hair.
  • Grows up to six feet tall with a coarse, wooly, partially woody stem connected to a strong taproot.
  • The undersides of leaves appear white, due to a layer of wooly white hairs.
  • About ten to twenty flowers grow in a cluster from white-wooly stalks radiating from a central point.
  • Leaves and stems are covered with loose patches of gray wooly hairs.
  • The small, highly dissected leaves are bristle-tipped and bright silvery-gray due to the dense covering of loose, wooly hairs.
  • The coat is made of two layers: a guard coat made of straight, tubular hairs and a wooly undercoat.
British Dictionary definitions for wooly

woolly

/ˈwʊlɪ/
adjective woollier, woolliest (sometimes US) woolier, wooliest
1.
consisting of, resembling, or having the nature of wool
2.
covered or clothed in wool or something resembling it
3.
lacking clarity or substance: woolly thinking
4.
(botany) covered with long soft whitish hairs: woolly stems
5.
(US) recalling the rough and lawless period of the early West of America (esp in the phrase wild and woolly)
noun (pl) woollies, (sometimes US) woolies
6.
(often pl) a garment, such as a sweater, made of wool or something similar
7.
(Western US & Austral) (usually pl) an informal word for sheep
Derived Forms
woollily, adverb
woolliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wooly
adj.

also woolly, 1570s, "resembling or made of wool," from wool + -y (2). Meaning "barbarous, rude" is recorded 1891, from wild and wooly (1884) applied to the U.S. western frontier, perhaps in reference to range steers or to unkempt cowboys.

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