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.

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