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guard hair

the long, usually stiff outer hair protecting the underfur in certain animals.
Origin of guard hair
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for guard hair
  • Some llamas and alpacas are softer than others because they have less guard hair.
  • Fur is dense and rich brown with a coarse guard hair overlay and thick waterproof under-layer.
  • One type of hair is called guard hair and the other called under fur.
  • Underneath the guard hair is another layer of fur that stays completely dry.
  • Their fur is thick and long with coarse hollow guard hair that grows nearly eight inches long to keep them warm in the winter.
  • Northern fur seal pups will be captured and marked by shearing a small portion of guard hair on the top of their heads.
  • It has long, soft fur with delicate, sparse guard hair.
  • Nutria has long guard hair on the back thus giving the animal a rough coarse appearance.
British Dictionary definitions for guard hair

guard hair

any of the coarse hairs that form the outer fur in certain mammals, rising above the underfur
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