hair-ball

hairball

[hair-bawl]
noun
a ball of hair accumulated in the stomach or intestines of a cat or other animal as a result of the animal's licking its coat.

Origin:
1705–15; hair + ball1

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hairball (ˈhɛəˌbɔːl)
 
n
a compact mass of hair that forms in the stomach of cats, calves, etc, as a result of licking and swallowing the fur, and causes vomiting, coughing, bloat, weight loss, and depression

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hairball hair·ball (hâr'bôl')
n.
A small mass of hair located in the stomach or intestine of an animal, such as a cat, resulting from an accumulation of small amounts of hair that are swallowed each time the animal licks its coat. Also called pilobezoar, trichobezoar.

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