MERINO

merino, merino sheep

(noun) white sheep originating in Spain and producing a heavy fleece of exceptional quality

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

merino (countable and uncountable, plural merinos)

(countable) A sheep of a Spanish breed with long, fine hair.

(uncountable) The wool of this sheep.

The fabric made from this wool (or from any similar yarn).

A yarn made from a combination of wool and cotton in imitation of this wool.

Anagrams

• E minor, Minero, Monier, Romine, monier, normie

Proper noun

Merino (plural Merinos)

A surname.

Statistics

• According to the 2010 United States Census, Merino is the 3073rd most common surname in the United States, belonging to 11684 individuals. Merino is most common among Hispanic/Latino (88.98%) individuals.

Anagrams

• E minor, Minero, Monier, Romine, monier, normie

Source: Wiktionary


Me*ri"no, a. Etym: [Sp. merino moving from pasture to pasture, fr. merino a royal judge and superintendent or inspector of sheep walks, LL. merinus, fr. majorinus, i. e., major villmajor greater. See Major. Merino sheep are driven at certain seasons from one part of Spain to another, in large flocks, for pasturage.]

1. Of or pertaining to a variety of sheep with very fine wool, originally bred in Spain.

2. Made of the wool of the merino sheep.

Me*ri"no, n.; pl. Merinos. Etym: [Sp.]

1. (Zoöl.)

Definition: A breed of sheep originally from Spain, noted for the fineness of its wool.

2. A fine fabric of merino wool.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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