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Middle English flees, from Old English flēos, from Proto-Germanic *fleusaz. Cognate to Albanian lesh (wool) and Russian волос (volos, a hair).



fleece (countable and uncountable, plural fleeces)

  1. (uncountable) Hair or wool of a sheep or similar animal
  2. (uncountable) Insulating skin with the wool attached
  3. (countable) A textile similar to velvet, but with a longer pile that gives it a softness and a higher sheen.
  4. (countable) An insulating wooly jacket
  5. (roofing) Mat or felts composed of fibers, sometimes used as a membrane backer.
  6. Any soft woolly covering resembling a fleece.
  7. The fine web of cotton or wool removed by the doffing knife from the cylinder of a carding machine.


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fleece (third-person singular simple present fleeces, present participle fleecing, simple past and past participle fleeced)

  1. to con or trick someone out of money
  2. to shear the fleece from an animal (such as a sheep)
    During spring shearing we have to fleece all the sheep in just a few days.


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