American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of a breed of sheep, originally from Spain, having long fine wool.
- n. The wool of this sheep.
- n. A soft lightweight fabric made originally of merino wool but now of any fine wool.
- n. A fine wool and cotton yarn used especially for knitting underwear and hosiery.
- n. A knitted fabric made from this yarn.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting a variety of sheep from Spain, or their wool. See below.
- Made of the wool of the merino sheep: as, merino stockings or underclothing. The articles so designated are usually made with an admixture of cotton to prevent shrinkage.
- n. A merino sheep.
- n. A thin woolen cloth, twilled on both sides and used especially for women's dresses, now to some extent superseded by cashmere. It was originally made of the wool of the merino sheep. There is a variety which has an admixture of silk.
- n. A variety of tricot or knitted material for undergarments.
- n. countable A breed of Spanish sheep that has long, fine hair
- n. uncountable The wool of this sheep
- n. The fabric made from this wool (or from any similar yarn)
- n. A yarn made from a combination of wool and cotton in imitation of this wool
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to a variety of sheep with very fine wool, originally bred in Spain.
- adj. Made of the wool of the merino sheep.
- n. (Zoöl.) A breed of sheep originally from Spain, noted for the fineness of its wool.
- n. A fine fabric of merino wool.
- n. white sheep originating in Spain and producing a heavy fleece of exceptional quality
- Spanish, perhaps from Berber Benī Merīn, name of the tribe that developed the breed, or from Spanish merino, local magistrate (from Latin māiōrīnus, larger, from māior; see major). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“She dressed three times a day, and in the morning would come down in what she called a merino gown.”
“Firecracker stole in merino from freyapax (store): solcita!”
“Firecracker stole in merino from freyapax (store) 35.”
“Why, I've been here this half hour showing cloths to a child that doesn't know merino from a sheep's back," said he, laughing.”
“People have got the impression that the merino is a gentle, bleating animal that gets its living without trouble to anybody, and comes up every year to be shorn with a pleased smile upon its amiable face.”
“I am satisfied that, except, perhaps, for the region north of Redding, where the winters are cold and the summers have rain and green grass, and where long-wooled sheep will do well, the merino is the sheep for this State; and "the finer the better," say the best sheep men.”
“Foreign wool, known as merino, has been used from an early period.”
“These four, either in their own form or else in combination with each other, such as merino, constitute most of our wearing apparel.”
“In washing worsteds, such as merino dress goods, pursue the same course, only do not wring them hard; shake, hang them up and let drain.”
“A dress either of stuff, such as merino, or of muslin, as short as it is usually worn, a reboso tied over one shoulder, and a large straw hat, is about the most convenient costume that can be adopted.”
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