noun (i, but usually in singular)
- (context, countable, uncountable) A pigmented keratinaceous growth that forms thin spires and grows out from a follicle on the human head, or the collection of them.
Etymology: (term, her, hÄr, lang=enm), (term, heer, lang=enm), (term, hír, lang=enm), (term, hr, lang=ang) from (proto, Germanic, haeram).A cognate of the latter seems to be Lithuanian (term, Åerys, lang=lt).From the same Germanic word come, indirectly, Old Frisian (term, hÄr, lang=ofs), Dutch (term, haar, lang=nl), German (term, Haar, lang=de), Old High German (term, hÄr, lang=goh), Icelandic (term, hír, lang=is) and Swedish (term, hír, lang=sv).
- Then read he me how Sampson lost his hairs. - Chaucer
- And draweth new delights with hoary hairs. - Spenser
- Young man, comb your at home, not in the classroom.
- She said she couldn't go out with me Friday - she had to wash her .
- (uncountable) The collection or mass of filaments growing from the skin of humans and animals, and forming a covering for a part of the head or for any part or the whole body.
- The on a bear makes a warm fur coat.
- (context, zoology, countable) A slender outgrowth from the chitinous cuticle of insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Such hairs are totally unlike those of vertebrates in structure, composition, and mode of growth.
- (context, botany, countable) A cellular outgrowth of the epidermis, consisting of one or of several cells, whether pointed, hooked, knobbed, or stellated. Internal hairs occur in the flower stalk of the yellow frog lily (Nuphar).
- (rfv-sense) (countable) A spring device used in a hair-trigger firearm.
- (obsolete) A haircloth. - Chaucer
- (countable) Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.
- Just a little louder please - turn that knob a to the right.
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