American wirehair


: any of an uncommon breed of medium to large cats that have a dense, short coat of fur made up of hairs having a crinkled, bent, or hooked appearance

Note: The American wirehair arose as a spontaneous mutation in the 1960s in upstate New York.

… Frizz, the top-winning American wirehair cat in the U.S. …Mary Daniels, Chicago Tribune, 15 Mar. 1992

Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American wirehair was in 1970

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“American wirehair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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