hair ball


Definition of hair ball

: a compact mass of hair formed in the stomach especially of a shedding animal (such as a cat) that cleanses its coat by licking

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The personal histories of Khan’s characters are so enmeshed that tracing back their connections is like trying to untangle a hair ball. Maureen Corrigan, miamiherald, "A Muslim sleuth takes on the plight of refugees | Miami Herald," 22 Feb. 2018 That means no plucking hair balls out of the intake, and no worry of the vacuum malfunctioning mid-cycle. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "This robot vacuum is great for pet owners—and it's under $150 with our exclusive code," 11 Oct. 2017 What drives the critics wild is her personal writing and its nonstop examination of self, one damn hair ball at a time. Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, "Joyce Maynard Can’t Stop Writing About Herself," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hair ball

1712, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of hair ball

: a compact mass of hair formed in the stomach especially of a shedding animal (as a cat) that cleanses its coat by licking

called also trichobezoar

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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