Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The usually black pelt of a fetal karakul sheep, having soft, silky fur with wavy markings, or sometimes of a newborn lamb, having glossy, tightly curled fur.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of the numerous species of old-world parrots, of the genus Platycercus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun the fur of a very young karakul lamb.
  • noun a hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asia; the lambs are valued for their soft curly black fur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The hide or fur of a Persian lamb, formerly used in clothing etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun hardy coarse-haired sheep of central Asia; lambs are valued for their soft curly black fur
  • noun the fur of a very young karakul lamb

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[So called because of the broad tail of the karakul breed.]

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From broad + tail.

Examples

  • A fur called broadtail, for example, is the skin of fetal or newborn karakul lambs who have been beaten to death.

    Cornelia Guest: Why I Don't Wear Fur

  • A fur called broadtail, for example, is the skin of fetal or newborn karakul lambs who have been beaten to death.

    Cornelia Guest: Why I Don't Wear Fur

  • 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

  • A broadtail lace evening coat was paired with a Venetian blue blouse and metal plisse skirt.

    Joey Jalleo: Inside Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2009: Third Row at Calvin

  • Don't forget Persian lamb, broadtail, goat and other furs that are light and casual, so you can "dress them up or down, with jeans," says Ms. Landau, adding, "It's an easy glamour that you can wear even in California."

    Restyling Full-Length Mink Coats

  • Mrs. Gorbachev, who had stepped off the plane the night before in what the press described as an “indescribable” fur, had on a very long, very chic, brown or liver-colored broadtail coat … belted in the back, collar turned up.

    Barbara Bush

  • Mrs. Gorbachev, who had stepped off the plane the night before in what the press described as an “indescribable” fur, had on a very long, very chic, brown or liver-colored broadtail coat … belted in the back, collar turned up.

    Barbara Bush

  • So why not make hat of skin of broadtail, should I catch him in

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • A woman with a broadtail coat, a heavy lace veil, pearl earrings, and a close black hat entered the restaurant.

    Main Street

  • While contemplating the Cafe Society world of New York around me, in came this extraordinary figure wearing ankle-strap shoes, a black broadtail suit with a big diamond pin on the shoulder, and a tall peaked hat veiled in black tulle.

    Women I Have Dressed (and Undressed!)

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