kar·a·kul also car·a·cul (kărə-kəl)
1. Any of a breed of Central Asian sheep having a wide tail and wool that is curled, glossy, and usually black in the young but brownish or grayish in adults.
2. The pelt of a newborn or sometimes fetal karakul lamb, used for clothing.
3. Wool from a karakul sheep, used for carpet yarn and felting. In all senses also called astrakhan.
[After Karakul, a lake of eastern Tajikistan.]
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