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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.
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Up to two fleeces per producer can be entered - they must be packaged separately, with an entry form.
With the show season coming to a close, British Wool is keen to encourage producers to enter their fleeces through their local grading depot by October 31.
This research aimed to evaluate the fleece samples obtained from the shoulder, rump and flank areas of Norduz and Zom sheep.
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The four mini mills that attended the ABR Sortathon (including the Alpaca Fiber Cooperative of North America, AFCNA) purchased raw fleece, took in numerous orders from breeders to process their fleeces and had trailers “packed to the roof” with fiber to take back to their mills.
LLANCAIACH Fawr Manor in Nelson has set itself an unusual challenge when experts will try to go from sheep fleece to knitted fabric in six hours.
Its walls contained more than 300 fleeces from Kerry Hill and Black Welsh Mountain sheep, the region's best known breeds.
Of course, all kids are cute and all those kid fleeces are plush, which is why you need to see some of the others in the family, because that gorgeous fleece will change as the goat ages.
Consumer journalist Linda Shand checks out four fleeces for wearability, breathability and affordability.