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horsehair

[hawrs-hair] /ˈhɔrsˌhɛər/
noun
1.
a hair or the hair of a horse, especially from the mane or tail.
2.
a sturdy, glossy fabric woven of this hair.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to horsehair:
a horsehair mattress.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English hors here. See horse, hair
Related forms
horsehaired, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for horse hair

horsehair

/ˈhɔːsˌhɛə/
noun
1.
  1. hair taken chiefly from the tail or mane of a horse, used in upholstery and for fabric, etc
  2. (as modifier): a horsehair mattress
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Word Origin and History for horse hair

horsehair

n.

late 14c., from horse (n.) + hair.

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Encyclopedia Article for horse hair

horsehair

animal fibre obtained from the manes and tails of horses and ranging in length from 8 inches (20 cm) to 3 feet (90 cm) and most often of black colour. It is coarse, strong, lustrous, and resilient and usually has a hollow central canal, or medulla, making it fairly low in density. Hair taken from the mane is softest and ranges from 50 to 150 microns (a micron is about 0.00004 inch) in diameter. Hair from the tail, coarser and with greater resilience, ranges from 75 to 280 microns in diameter and is marketed separately

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