ear·​flap | \ ˈir-ˌflap How to pronounce earflap (audio) \

Definition of earflap

: a warm covering for the ears especially : an extension on the lower edge of a cap that may be folded up or down

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The majority of hitters have added the padded plastic that is bolted to the earflap on the batting helmet and extends down a player’s jaw line, covering the cheek bone. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "All your favorite Mariners are doing it: Why face guards have become all the rage around baseball," 21 Apr. 2018 Willie Calhoun, who was the Rangers' left fielder in the B game, said that the incident reinforces his decision to wear a helmet that features a pad that extends from the earflap and protects his jaw. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Which deal is most important to Rangers: Martinez or Lincecum? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 6 Mar. 2018 Eagles center Jason Kelce sported an Elmer Fudd-style wool cap with earflaps that the entire team was given as host-community gifts upon landing. USA TODAY, "Patriots, Eagles tackle the serious and silly at media night," 29 Jan. 2018 In 1983, earflap helmets were required in the major leagues, although many players still wear helmets covering only the ear exposed to an oncoming pitch. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Creighton J. Hale, Little League chief and developer of batting helmet, dies at 93," 21 Oct. 2017 Rickard appeared to be hit between the left earflap and the bill of his helmet by an 89 mph fastball from Angels right-hander Troy Scribner. Eduardo A. Encina, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard leaves game after being hit in head with pitch," 9 Aug. 2017

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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