Definition of hirsute
- his hirsute chest
- a hirsute leaf
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Hirsute has nearly the same spelling and exactly the same meaning as its Latin parent, hirsutus. The word isn't quite one of a kind, though; it has four close relatives: hirsutism and hirsuties, synonymous nouns naming a medical condition involving excessive hair growth; hirsutal, an adjective meaning "of or relating to hair"; and hirsutulous, a mostly botanical term meaning "slightly hairy" (as in hirsutulous stems). The latter three are not especially common but are entered in our Unabridged Dictionary.
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