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[kou-lik] /ˈkaʊˌlɪk/
a tuft of hair that grows in a direction different from that of the rest of the hair.
Origin of cowlick
1590-1600; cow1 + lick Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cowlick
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for cowlick


a tuft of hair over the forehead
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Word Origin and History for cowlick

1590s, from cow (n.) + lick (n.). Because it looks like a cow licked your head.

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