Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Wool

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_12886

\wül\ n [ME wolle, fr. OE wull; akin to OHGr wolla wool, L vellus fleece, lana wood] (before 12c) The term is usually used for the fleece of sheep. More precisely defined as: The fiber from the fleece of the sheep or lamb or hair of the Angora or Cashmere goat (and may include the so called specialty fibers from the hair of the camel, alpaca, llama, and vicuna) which has never been reclaimed from any woven or felted wool product. Wool is used in a variety of blends in which it is combined with nearly all natural or manufactured fibers. (Schoeser, M., World Textiles: A Concise History, Thames and Hudson, 2003; Elsevier's Textile Dictionary, Vincenti, R., ed., Elsevier Science and Technology Books, New York, 1994)

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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