tress

[tres]
noun
1.
Usually, tresses. long locks or curls of hair.
2.
a plait or braid of hair.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English tresse < Middle French: plait or braid of hair < ?

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tress (trɛs)
 
n
1.  (often plural) a lock of hair, esp a long lock of woman's hair
2.  a plait or braid of hair
 
vb
3.  (tr) to arrange in tresses
 
[C13: from Old French trece, of uncertain origin]
 
'tressy
 
adj

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tress
late 13c., "long lock of hair," from O.Fr. tresse "a plait or braid of hair" (12c.), perhaps from V.L. *trichia "braid, rope," from Gk. trikhia "rope," from thrix (gen. trikhos) "hair."
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Example sentences
Now two biologists suggest that these luxurious tresses have a higher purpose
  than vanity.
They contain his hair, which grows in thick tresses under his cloak.
Standing in blonde tresses and heels, she is a fabulously incongruous sight
  here in the mountains.
Sunlight floods the branches of a forest as a tense maiden with silvery tresses
  picks her way gingerly along a leaf-strewn path.
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