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

  • n. The long silky hair of the Angora goat.
  • n. Fabric made with yarn from this hair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Yarn or fabric made from the hair of the angora goat, often as mixed with cotton or other materials.
  • n. The long, fine hair of the Angora goat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The long silky hair or wool of the Angora goat of Asia Minor; also, a fabric made from this material, or an imitation of such fabric.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The hair of the Angora goat, a native of Asia Minor.
  • n. A kind of fine camlet made of such hair, sometimes watered (see moire); also, an imitation of the real mohair made of wool and cotton, much used for women's dress.
  • Made of mohair: as, a mohair cloak.

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

  • n. fabric made with yarn made from the silky hair of the Angora goat


Alteration (influenced by hair) of obsolete Italian mocaiaro, from Arabic muḫayyar, choice, select, mohair, passive participle of ḫayyara, to prefer, derived stem of ḫāra, to choose; see ḫyr in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian mocaiaro, from Arabic مخير (mukháyyar, "choice"), past participle of خار (khāra, "to choose"). Form probably influenced by hair. Compare mockado, moire. (Wiktionary)



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  • Not really mo + hair.

    March 24, 2016