a tuft of hair that grows in a direction different from that of the rest of the hair.

1590–1600; cow1 + lick Unabridged
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cowlick (ˈkaʊˌlɪk)
a tuft of hair over the forehead

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Word Origin & History

1590s, from cow + lick.
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Example sentences
He'd smile and that cowlick would stand up in the back and he'd talk fast and she couldn't keep him from what he wanted.
Kyle had mistaken the spot for a part but upon further examination believed it to be a scar or unusual cowlick.
She had a distinctive cowlick on the right side of her forehead and a birthmark on her stomach---possibly on the left side.
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