1. The entire coat of wood that covers a sheep or other similar animal; also, the quantity shorn from a sheep, or animal, at one time. Who shore me like a tame wether, all my precious fleece. (Milton)
2. Any soft woolly covering resembling a fleece.
3. The fine web of cotton or wool removed by the doffing knife from the cylinder of a carding machine. Fleece wool, wool shorn from the sheep. Golden fleece. See golden.
Origin: oe. Flees, as. Fleos; akin to D. Flies, vlies.