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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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Examples from the web for eyelash
  • 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 nerve.
  • They were a first-star-you-see-tonight, blown-away-eyelash kind of wish.
  • The eyelash pit viper is accurate enough to catch hummingbirds on the wing.
  • Mites make their home in your eyelash follicles, bacteria colonize your skin, and fleas and lice drop by for blood meals.
  • There are little mites in your eyelash and they can pop out and crawl over your face.
  • Any use of over the counter or prescription use eyelash growth products.
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.

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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.

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