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Woolly \Wool"ly\, a.
Consisting of wool; as, a woolly covering; a woolly fleece. [1913 Webster]
Resembling wool; of the nature of wool. "My fleece of woolly hair." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Clothed with wool. "Woolly breeders." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
(Bot.) Clothed with a fine, curly pubescence resembling wool. [1913 Webster] Woolly bear (Zool.), the hairy larva of several species of bombycid moths. The most common species in the United States are the salt-marsh caterpillar (see under Salt), the black and red woolly bear, or larva of the Isabella moth (see Illust., under Isabella Moth), and the yellow woolly bear, or larva of the American ermine moth (Spilosoma Virginica). Woolly butt (Bot.), an Australian tree (Eucalyptus longifolia), so named because of its fibrous bark. Woolly louse (Zool.), a plant louse (Schizoneura lanigera syn Erisoma lanigera) which is often very injurious to the apple tree. It is covered with a dense coat of white filaments somewhat resembling fine wool or cotton. In exists in two forms, one of which infests the roots, the other the branches. See Illust. under Blight. Woolly macaco (Zool.), the mongoose lemur. Woolly maki (Zool.), a long-tailed lemur (Indris laniger) native of Madagascar, having fur somewhat like wool; -- called also avahi, and woolly lemur. Woolly monkey (Zool.), any South American monkey of the genus Lagothrix, as the caparro. Woolly rhinoceros (Paleon.), an extinct rhinoceros (Rhinoceros tichorhinus) which inhabited the arctic regions, and was covered with a dense coat of woolly hair. It has been found frozen in the ice of Siberia, with the flesh and hair well preserved. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

woolly adj
1 having a fluffy character or appearance [syn: flocculent, wooly]
2 confused and vague; used especially of thinking; "muddleheaded ideas"; "your addled little brain"; "woolly thinking"; "woolly-headed ideas" [syn: addled, befuddled, muddled, muzzy, wooly, woolly-headed, wooly-minded]
3 covered with dense often matted or curly hairs; "woolly lambs" [syn: wooly]
4 covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments; "the woolly aphid has a lanate coat resembling cotton" [syn: lanate] [also: woolliest, woollier]


Alternative spellings



  1. Made of wool.
  2. Having a thick, soft texture, as if made of wool.
    woolly hair
  3. Of thinking, principles, etc, based on emotion rather than logic.
    That's the sort of woolly thinking that causes wars to start.

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