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fleece

(flēs) a mass of interlacing fibrils.
fleece of Stilling  the lacework of myelinated fibers surrounding the dentate nucleus.

fleece

(flēs)
n.
1.
a. The coat of wool of a sheep or similar animal.
b. The yield of wool shorn from a sheep at one time.
2. A soft woolly covering or mass.

fleec′er n.

fleece

noun
(1) A natural fibre network (e.g., of ovine origin).
(2) A generic term for a soft fabric, typically with a deep pile.
(3) An obsolete term for a neural fibre network.

verb To swindle, gain dishonestly.

fleece

the wool covering of the sheep shorn off as one piece, except for the scraps at the legs, face and crutch.

double fleece
two-year growth of wool in the one fleece.
fleece fly strike
see cutaneous myiasis.
fleece rot
a dermatitis of sheep caused by prolonged wetting of the skin leading to exudation, the formation of crusts and the matting together of the wool fibers. The growth of toxigenic strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa is believed to be the major cause of the dermatitis, and the green fleece coloration associated with production of pyocyanin that usually accompanies it. Other discolorations may occur depending upon the predominance of a particular chromogenic bacterium, many which belong to Pseudomonas spp. Ps. maltophilia can result in yellow coloration, and Ps. indigofera, blue coloration. The damaged fleece loses much of its commercial value.
tender fleece
a staple of the wool will break easily across the fibers with only moderate tension having been applied.
fleece weight
the weight of wool produced by a sheep in a year.
fleece worm
see cutaneous myiasis.