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Sheep wool

natural animal fibre obtained from the sheep of the tubicorn family. Composed of a fleece which is formed by an unbroken layer of fine hairs. The bottom layer of the fleece forms a down of short, fine, arched hairs; the outside layer is of doghair, composed of longer, coarser hairs. Depending on the quality - in particular the fineness - of the w., we distinguish between the following types of sheep: a) sheep with fine wool - the fleece of which forms a down only, with no doghair (typically the merino sheep)



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