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Wool

natural animal fibre which is obtained by the cutting, out-combing or epilation of the hairs or fur of animals (eg., sheep, goats, camels, rabbits, hares). Sheep w. has the most widespread use in the textiles industry; the w. of the camel and goat are also popular, but less so. The hair is a keratinous fibre which grows out of the skin. (Ketatin is composed of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and a small proportion of sulphur. We distinguish between downy hair (which is fine and often curly) and doghair (coarser and straighter). The selective breeding of certain animals - sheep in particular - serves to eliminate or reduce the amount of doghair, so that only fine, long downy hair is formed.



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