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[ahy-lash] /ˈaɪˌlæʃ/
one of the short, thick, curved hairs growing as a fringe on the edge of an eyelid.
the fringe of hairs itself.
Origin of eyelash
1745-55; eye + lash1 Unabridged
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  • Not an eyelash quivered, nor did the lips twitch, when he held the keen blade at his breast and dashed himself upon the ground.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • The Boss wasn't able, I guess, and the girl never moved an eyelash.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • But when he saw that not an eyelash moved, a smile of satisfaction passed over his severe pale face.

    The Two Captains Friedrich de La Motte-Fouque
  • Well, you did it well--monstrously well, I will say--for you never flinched an eyelash.

  • You could not have told by the flicker of an eyelash that they knew where the Boy had gone.

    A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
  • Maybe it's just a quiver of the eyelash, maybe a shuffle of the foot.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for eyelash


any one of the short curved hairs that grow from the edge of the eyelids
a row or fringe of these hairs
adjective ciliary
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Word Origin and History for eyelash

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eyelash in Medicine

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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