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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.
1275-1325; Middle English hors here. See horse, hair
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horsehaired, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for horsehair
  • 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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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