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A type of Spanish merino sheep having very fine wool; a sheep of this type.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Joseph Banks (1743–1820), naturalist and patron of science. Origin uncertain. Probably from Negretti (or Negrete, Negrette), the name or title of the family thought to have owned the strain (apparently originally called Negrea).
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