Botany wool

a fine wool obtained from merino sheep. Also called botany.
[1880-85]

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Botany wool — n. [after BOTANY BAY, orig. source of export] merino wool of high quality …   English World dictionary

  • botany wool — noun see botany II * * * a fine wool obtained from merino sheep. Also called botany. [1880 85] * * * Botany wool, a fine wool of the merino type grown in Australia and used in high quality fabrics. ╂[< Botany Bay, Australia, near which it was… …   Useful english dictionary

  • botany wool — /ˈbɒtəni wʊl/ (say botuhnee wool) noun a fine wool obtained from merino sheep. Also, botany. {from Botany Bay} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Botany Wool Cloth — A fabric during the early 19th century, made of fine botany wool yarns, in a herringbone twill weave, 25 in. wide, for ladies dresses …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • wool — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. fleece; down, hair; worsted, yarn. adj. woolen; knitted; woolly, hairy, fleecy, downy, fluffy, flocculent. See covering, softness, materials. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Fleecy fiber, especially of sheep]… …   English dictionary for students

  • Botany — [ bɒt(ə)ni] (also Botany wool) noun merino wool. Origin C19: named after Botany Bay in Australia, from where the wool orig. came …   English new terms dictionary

  • botany — /bot n ee/, n., pl. botanies. 1. the science of plants; the branch of biology that deals with plant life. 2. the plant life of a region: the botany of Alaska. 3. the biology of a plant or plant group: the botany of deciduous trees. 4. (sometimes… …   Universalium

  • botany — n. (in full Botany wool) merino wool, esp. from Australia. Etymology: Botany Bay, New S. Wales, named from the variety of its flora …   Useful english dictionary

  • Botany — The finest of worsted yarns, and used for the best fabrics. A term applied to fine Australian wools of best quality. The fibre is fairly short and curly and has a large number of waves and serrations to the inch. (The term was originally applied… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Botany Wools — (1) All fine Australian wools are better known in Great Britain as Botany wools, and the term is used extensively in the United States. The name is taken from the harbour called Botany Bay, which is located on the eastern coast of Australia, in… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

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