Meaning of “wool” in the English Dictionary

"wool" in British English

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woolnoun [ U ]

uk /wʊl/ us /wʊl/

A2 the soft, thick hair that grows on the bodies of sheep and some other animals:

Australia is one of the world's main producers of wool.

thick thread or material that is made from this:

Put on your red wool cardigan - it'll be nice and warm.
UK How many balls of wool did you need to knit that sweater?

More examples

  • I can't wear wool - it makes me itch.
  • Australia is one of the world's main producers of wool.
  • If you've got any wool to spare when you've finished the pullover, can you make me some gloves?
  • This type of wool is woven into fabric that will make jackets.
  • The ship was carrying a cargo of wool from England to France.

(Definition of “wool” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wool" in American English

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woolnoun [ U ]

us /wʊl/

the soft, curly hair from sheep, or thread or cloth made from this:

I bought some fine wool to knit a baby sweater.
woolen
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈwʊl·ən/ also wool, /wʊl/

She lay under a red woolen blanket.

(Definition of “wool” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)