from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A lake in Tajikistan.
  • proper n. A lake in Xinjiang province, China.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A type of Astrakhan, esp. in fine grades, obtained from the Karakul sheep. See sense 2 and cf. caracul.
  • proper n. A hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asia, bearing a soft curly fleece that is black in the young lambs, but which grows brown or gray when adult; the lambs are valued for their soft curly black fur.
  • proper n. A large lake in the Pamirs of Central Asia, lying 13,200 feet above sea level.


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  • Will people buy Peter Som's broadtail coat from premature or newborn Karakul lambs -- think about that -- with its never-say-excess iridescent fox color?

    Earth to Fur Designers

  • I trekked up to Lake Karakul and stayed in a traditional home, some would call it a yurt, of a Krgyz tribal family.

    Travelogue 2005-2006 « Peace Corps: China

  • B hey b – china has some really cool stuff to see. if i were you i would not miss xingjiang province (it is all minority cultures and really different from han china). there is an amazing lake there called Lake Karakul where you can stay in a yurt and stare at the Himalayas.

    Welcome you to our China « Peace Corps: China

  • The playing fields were wide, occupied by a herd of grazing Karakul sheep.

    Call Of The Heart

  • If you want to read a story full of romance and interest, get a copy of the New York Times of January 18th, 1914; you will find a full page article, illustrated, on the Karakul sheep, and the production of Persian lamb.

    The Agriculture of the Province

  • The effect produced on him upon seeing the figure was far greater than I had expected: the moment his eyes fell on it he began trembling all over; and shouting out at the top of his voice, "Karakul! karakul!" he bolted off towards the camp.

    Twice Lost

  • Naggernook and his attendants had been watching our proceedings, and when they saw that we were advancing in the direction of the mound they bolted off, crying out, "Karakul! karakul!"

    Twice Lost

  • Shearling collars and fur Karakul hats think Hamid Karzai and luxuriously patterned scarves draped over tailored jackets fulfilled Liberty's Eastern promises.

    NYT > Home Page

  • It said the quake occurred at a depth of 55.6 miles, 66 miles southwest of Karakul at 9:45

    Reuters: Top News

  • Karakul hats are not cheap; good ones sell for hundreds of dollars, and some can reportedly cost up to $3,000.


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