one of the short, thick, curved hairs growing as a fringe on the edge of an eyelid.
the fringe of hairs itself.

1745–55; eye + lash1

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eyelash (ˈaɪˌlæʃ)
1.  any one of the short curved hairs that grow from the edge of the eyelids
2.  a row or fringe of these hairs
Related: ciliary

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Word Origin & History

1752, from eye + lash (n.). Related: Eyelashes.
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Medical Dictionary

eyelash eye·lash (ī'lāsh')

  1. Any of the short hairs fringing the edge of the eyelid. Also called cilium.

  2. A row of the hairs fringing the eyelid.

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Example sentences
My point is not that students and professors should be allowed to knock boots
  without anyone batting an eyelash.
The camera attends each flicker of the eyelash in a face that has been worn by
  time, if not badly aged.
He can gaze at somebody for five minutes without the flutter of an eyelash or a
The eyelash pit viper is accurate enough to catch hummingbirds on the wing.
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