1. The long silky hair of the Angora goat.
2. Fabric or yarn made from this hair.
[Alteration (influenced by HAIR) of obsolete Italian mocaiaro, from Arabic muḫayyar, choice, select, mohair, passive participle of ḫayyara, to prefer, derived stem of ḫāra, to choose; see ḫyr in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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