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woolly

(sometimes US), wooly
1. consisting of, resembling, or having the nature of wool
2. covered or clothed in wool or something resembling it
3. Botany covered with long soft whitish hairs
4. US recalling the rough and lawless period of the early West of America (esp in the phrase wild and woolly)
5. Western US and Austral an informal word for sheep
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2001), who reported that the influence of polygalacturonase should not be considered, but only pectinmethylesterase activity should be taken into account for an evaluation of wooliness.
However, there's a certain wooliness about Klein and Co.
This wooliness is an even greater problem in the planning of the boards during the finishing process.
In this world 'beauty meant virtue and hideousness meant sin' so that the 'inner morality and the ethics of the indigene could be measured by its external beauty or ugliness, by the shape of limbs, flatness of breasts, wooliness or hair and complexion' (2005: 104-105).
With a sensation of disbelief which was oddly similar to the wooliness he'd felt in his legs, he boarded the next bus.
As a result of this wide and unsystematic semantic wooliness, discussions of point of view often turn into something else, usually discussions of fictional minds.
By the same token, we are not suggesting that international law has a clear and unwavering commitment to the independence of administrative decision makers (as the wooliness of international law jurisprudence on this point, discussed above, demonstrates), nor even that the commitments contained in international human rights instruments have an effective track record of curbing political interference.
For readers interested in versification, there are a number of excellent recent books on the subject that avoid Matthews's stylistic wooliness ("The sonnet is the noblest of all fixed forms").