hirsute

adjective hir·sute \ ˈhər-ˌsüt , ˈhir- ; ˌhər-ˈsüt , hir- \

Definition of hirsute

1 : hairy 1
  • his hirsute chest
2 : covered with coarse stiff hairs
  • a hirsute leaf

hirsuteness

noun

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Examples of hirsute in a Sentence

  1. wore a hirsute mask as part of his werewolf costume

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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.

Origin and Etymology of hirsute

Latin hirsutus; akin to Latin horrēre to bristle — more at horror


HIRSUTE Defined for English Language Learners

hirsute

adjective

Definition of hirsute for English Language Learners

  • : having a lot of hair especially on the face or body


Medical Dictionary

hirsute

adjective hir·sute \ ˈhər-ˌsüt , ˈhi(ə)r- , ˌhər-ˈ , hi(ə)r-ˈ \

medical Definition of hirsute

: very hairy

hirsuteness

noun


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