What is the difference between hair, fur and wool? What is the difference between hair, fur, and wool?
Oct 12, 2018 11:13 PM
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In biology, all mammals have hair, no other kind of animal (e.g. bird, insect or fish) does. There are many types of hair, some soft and some hard, some coarse and some fine, etc. Some plants have hair too. A dense coat of fine, soft hair is called fur: bears, cats and mice have fur. Although fur is made of individual hairs, by convention we don't call it hair. A dense coat of very fine curly hair is called wool; most sheep, some rabbits, and some extinct species of mammoth and rhinoceros have (or had) wool. Again, by convention we don't call it hair. Animals whose hair isn't fur or wool are said to have hair: humans, pigs, dogs, even some breeds of sheep. Generally this is because the hair is too sparse or long (human), too long and straight (hair sheep) or too coarse (horse, dog) to be considered fur or wool.
October 13, 2018
There are many exceptions, but the most basic guideline is hair is for people, fur is for animals and wool , ? only used for heavy furred animals, sheep. To make it even more confusing, you can use the word hair for animal fur, but you cant use fur for peoples hair. This is a basic guideline, there are many exceptions to this topic.
October 13, 2018
Barring poetic use of the language, "fur" is the hair that covers the body of non-human animals like foxes and cats; "wool" refers to the hair that specific animals (e.g. sheep) have, especially when ready to be used in production.
October 12, 2018
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