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Word of the week – mohair

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mohair; noun

a fabric or yarn made wholly or in part of the long silky hair of the Angora goat; also : this hair

Example Sentence:

This year’s product line includes coats and sweaters made from mohair produced in Texas.

Did you know?

“Mohair” entered the English language in the 16th century, spelled variously as “mocayare,” “mockaire,” “mokayre,” and “moochary.” It was borrowed from Italian “mocaiarro,” a word which itself was borrowed from Arabic “mukhayyar.” The adjective “mukhayyar” meant “select” or “choice.” How this Arabic adjective came to be the English noun “mohair” is a bit of a mystery.

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