WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
Kar•a•kul /ˈkærəkəl/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Animal Husbandryan Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adult.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
Kar•a•kul  (karə kəl),USA pronunciation n. (sometimes l.c.)
  1. one of an Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adult: raised esp. for lambskins used in the fur industry. Cf. broadtail, Persian lamb.
  2. Clothing(sometimes l.c.) a Karakul lambskin.
Also,  caracul. 
  • after Kara Kul lake on the Pamir plateau, Tajikistan, near where the sheep were bred 1850–55


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

karakul, caracul /ˈkærəkəl/ n
  1. a breed of sheep of central Asia having coarse black, grey, or brown hair: the lambs have soft curled usually black hair
  2. the fur prepared from these lambs

See also Persian lambEtymology: 19th Century: from Russian, from the name of a region in Bukhara where the sheep originated



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