Wool vs. Hair

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Main Difference

The main difference between Wool and Hair is that the Wool is a natural fibre from the soft hair of sheep or other mammals and Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis, or skin; one of the defining characteristics of mammals also they are loong stringy things

  • Wool

    Wool is the textile fiber obtained from sheep and other animals, including cashmere and mohair from goats, qiviut from muskoxen, from hide and fur clothing from bison, angora from rabbits, and other types of wool from camelids; additionally, the Highland and the Mangalica breeds of cattle and swine, respectively, possess wooly coats. Wool consists of protein together with a few percent lipids. In this regard it is chemically quite distinct from the more dominant textile, cotton, which is mainly cellulose.

  • Hair

    Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals.

    The human body, apart from areas of glabrous skin, is covered in follicles which produce thick terminal and fine vellus hair. Most common interest in hair is focused on hair growth, hair types, and hair care, but hair is also an important biomaterial primarily composed of protein, notably alpha-keratin.

    Attitudes towards different forms of hair, such as hairstyles and hair removal, vary widely across different cultures and historical periods, but it is often used to indicate a person’s personal beliefs or social position, such as their age, sex, or religion.

  • Wool (noun)

    The hair of the sheep, llama and some other ruminants.

  • Wool (noun)

    A cloth or yarn made from the wool of sheep.

  • Wool (noun)

    Anything with a texture like that of wool.

  • Wool (noun)

    A leaves of certain trees, such as firs and pines.

  • Wool (noun)

    Short, thick hair, especially when crisped or curled.

  • Wool (noun)

    yarn (including that which is made from synthetic fibers.)

  • Hair (noun)

    A pigmented filament of keratin which grows from a follicle on the skin of humans and other mammals.

  • Hair (noun)

    The collection or mass of such growths growing from the skin of humans and animals, and forming a covering for a part of the head or for any part or the whole body.

    “In the western world, women usually have long hair while men usually have short hair.”

  • Hair (noun)

    A slender outgrowth from the chitinous cuticle of insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Such hairs are totally unlike those of vertebrates in structure, composition, and mode of growth.

  • Hair (noun)

    A cellular outgrowth of the epidermis, consisting of one or of several cells, whether pointed, hooked, knobbed, or stellated.

    “Internal hairs occur in the flower stalk of the yellow frog lily (Nuphar).”

  • Hair (noun)

    A locking spring or other safety device in the lock of a rifle, etc., capable of being released by a slight pressure on a hair-trigger.

  • Hair (noun)

    Haircloth; a hair shirt.

  • Hair (noun)

    Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.

    “Just a little louder please—turn that knob a hair to the right.”

  • Wool (noun)

    the fine, soft curly or wavy hair forming the coat of a sheep, goat, or similar animal, especially when shorn and prepared for use in making cloth or yarn

    “Harris tweed is made from pure new wool”

  • Wool (noun)

    yarn or textile fibre made from wool

    “her blue wool suit”

    “carpets made of 80 per cent wool and 20 per cent nylon”

    “a sampler in coloured wools”

  • Wool (noun)

    the soft underfur or down of some mammals

    “beaver wool”

  • Wool (noun)

    a metal or mineral made into a mass of fine fibres

    “lead wool”

  • Hair (noun)

    any of the fine threadlike strands growing from the skin of humans, mammals, and some other animals

    “thick black hairs on his huge arms”

    “coarse outer hairs overlie the thick underfur”

  • Hair (noun)

    a fine threadlike strand growing from the epidermis of a plant, or forming part of a living cell

    “it damages the cilia, tiny hairs that clear invading bacteria from the lung”

    “scalloped leaves edged with silver hairs”

  • Hair (noun)

    hairs collectively, especially those growing on a person’s head

    “her shoulder-length fair hair”

  • Hair (noun)

    a very small quantity or extent

    “his magic takes him a hair above the competition”

Oxford Dictionary

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