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 for woolly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Woolly \Wool"ly\, a.
     1. Consisting of wool; as, a woolly covering; a woolly
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     2. Resembling wool; of the nature of wool. "My fleece of
        woolly hair." --Shak.
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     3. Clothed with wool. "Woolly breeders." --Shak.
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     4. (Bot.) Clothed with a fine, curly pubescence resembling
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     Woolly bear (Zool.), the hairy larva of several species of
        bombycid moths. The most common species in the United
        States are the salt-marsh caterpillar (see under Salt),
        the black and red woolly bear, or larva of the Isabella
        moth (see Illust., under Isabella Moth), and the yellow
        woolly bear, or larva of the American ermine moth
        ({Spilosoma Virginica).
     Woolly butt (Bot.), an Australian tree ({Eucalyptus
        longifolia), so named because of its fibrous bark.
     Woolly+louse+(Zool.),+a+plant+louse+({Schizoneura+lanigera">Woolly louse (Zool.), a plant louse ({Schizoneura lanigera
        syn Erisoma lanigera) which is often very injurious to
        the apple tree. It is covered with a dense coat of white
        filaments somewhat resembling fine wool or cotton. In
        exists in two forms, one of which infests the roots, the
        other the branches. See Illust. under Blight.
     Woolly macaco (Zool.), the mongoose lemur.
     Woolly+maki+(Zool.),+a+long-tailed+lemur+({Indris+laniger">Woolly maki (Zool.), a long-tailed lemur ({Indris laniger)
        native of Madagascar, having fur somewhat like wool; --
        called also avahi, and woolly lemur.
     Woolly monkey (Zool.), any South American monkey of the
        genus Lagothrix, as the caparro.
     Woolly rhinoceros (Paleon.), an extinct rhinoceros
        ({Rhinoceros tichorhinus) which inhabited the arctic
        regions, and was covered with a dense coat of woolly hair.
        It has been found frozen in the ice of Siberia, with the
        flesh and hair well preserved.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: having a fluffy character or appearance [syn:
             flocculent, woolly, wooly]
      2: confused and vague; used especially of thinking;
         "muddleheaded ideas"; "your addled little brain"; "woolly
         thinking"; "woolly-headed ideas" [syn: addled, befuddled,
         muddled, muzzy, woolly, wooly, woolly-headed,
      3: covered with dense often matted or curly hairs; "woolly
         lambs" [syn: wooly, woolly, wooly-haired, woolly-
      4: covered with dense cottony hairs or hairlike filaments; "the
         woolly aphid has a lanate coat resembling cotton" [syn:
         lanate, woolly]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "woolly":
     bristly, bushy, cirrose, downy, feathery, fleecy, flocculent,
     flossy, fluffy, furry, fuzzy, hairy, hirsute, hispid, lanate,
     matted, pilose, pubescent, shagged, shaggy, unshorn, whiskered

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