/wool"gadh'euhr ing/, n.
1. indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness: His woolgathering was a handicap in school.
2. gathering of the tufts of wool shed by sheep and caught on bushes.
[1545-55; WOOL + GATHERING]

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