WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
Kar•a•kul /ˈkærəkəl/USA pronunciation
n. [uncountable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Animal Husbandryan Asian breed of sheep having curly fleece that is black in the young and brown or gray in the adult.
(kar′ə kəl),USA pronunciation n. (sometimes l.c.)
- 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.
- Clothing(sometimes l.c.) a Karakul lambskin.
- 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
See also Persian lambEtymology: 19th Century: from Russian, from the name of a region in Bukhara where the sheep originated
- a breed of sheep of central Asia having coarse black, grey, or brown hair: the lambs have soft curled usually black hair
- the fur prepared from these lambs
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