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[hawrs-hair] /ˈhɔrsˌhɛər/
a hair or the hair of a horse, especially from the mane or tail.
a sturdy, glossy fabric woven of this hair.
of or relating to horsehair:
a horsehair mattress.
Origin of horsehair
1275-1325; Middle English hors here. See horse, hair
Related forms
horsehaired, adjective Unabridged
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  • Excellent acoustics, a wide stage visible from every corner of the room, and a horsehair and tire-sprung hardwood dance floor.
  • horsehair padding in the pew cushions has also survived through years of use and reupholstering.
  • The ancients believed that an eel grew from a single horsehair dropped in the water.
  • Their brains, intestines, and other organs had been removed and the corpses sewn up with horsehair.
  • Made of real horsehair, they can be dyed and tightly woven into a band.
  • Carry out a final buffing with a horsehair shoe-polishing brush, making sure to brush over the entire surface.
  • The horsehair-covered chairs in the dining room scratched his legs.
  • Feathers, horsehair and skin were treated in this way.
  • The interior of the house features heart-of-pine floors, horsehair plaster walls, chair rails and heavily decorated mantels.
British Dictionary definitions for horsehair


  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 horsehair

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

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