Potter, M. David School of Business, San Francisco State College, San Francisco, California.
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A fine, natural animal fiber obtained from the Bactrian camel and known to consumers chiefly in the form of high-quality coat fabrics. Camel's hair (also spelled camel hair) is a textile fiber obtained from the two-humped Bactrian camel (see illustration), which is native to central Asia. The protective hair covering of the camel is a nonconductor of both heat and cold, and is also water repellent. In the spring, the year's growth of hair, which hangs from the camel in matted strands and tufts, falls off in clumps. This growth, plus the masses of hair shed throughout the year, is the chief source of supply. The camel is sometimes plucked to obtain the down or underhair. See also: Camel; Natural fiber
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