from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the highest grade of Florida commercial sponges (Spongia equina, variety gossypina).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of sponge, Spongia equina, var. gossypina, of high commercial value, found in Florida. Another sponge, of unmarketable character, is there called bastard sheepswool.


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  • Leaning over his workbench in concentration, Friedrich used a sheep's-wool pad to carefully rub the freshly gilded surface of the small stylized carving of a bird, checking for any flaws.

    The Pillars of Creation

  • She was sitting by the window preparing sheep's-wool for her spindle.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • On his red and wrinkled neck luxuriates some dirty sheep's-wool.

    Under Fire: the story of a squad

  • And the great-hearted Agenor drew the spear from his hand, and himself bound up the hand with a band of twisted sheep's-wool, a sling that a squire carried for him, the shepherd of the host.

    The Iliad

  • On a sheep's-wool couch, over which was spread a wolfskin, the last gift of her son Satabus, lay the sorceress, who raised herself as Hermon passed through the door.

    Arachne — Volume 07

  • Sticks and roots and bark, straw and grass and locks of dirty sheep's-wool, made up its bulk and its untidiness; and this thing Sin held out with glee, declaring she had brought a real treasure to add to Miss Craydocke's collection.

    A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life.

  • It is the man from the cowpath who rejoices because he can sell ten dollars 'worth of sheep's-wool for five dollars, and is happy when he goes to meeting dressed up in a four-dollar suit of clothes that has cost him twenty. "

    Coffee and Repartee


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