horse·​hair | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌher How to pronounce horsehair (audio) \

Definition of horsehair

1 : the hair of a horse especially from the mane or tail
2 : cloth made from horsehair

Examples of horsehair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The theater has new, state-of-the-art acoustic panels, which replace the five-decades-old originals that Tenorio points out were made from horsehair, chicken wire and silk. Ben Crandell,, 17 Aug. 2021 The horn was created with horsehair because the animal is a close relative of rhinos, giving it a similar chemical composition. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 And in grand homes and fancy offices, a more easily read calligraphic work may be displayed as a conversation starter — its short, clear lines executed with a firm, resilient tanuki or horsehair brush. New York Times, 3 June 2021 In 2019, scientists at the University of Oxford in England and Fudan University in China created a fake rhino horn using horsehair. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 Like all of the company’s products, the frame and mattress are handcrafted in the U.K., but this version uses cotton, bamboo, flax and Tampico instead of horsehair and wool. WSJ, 1 June 2021 Shortly after the attack on the Montana barracks, my father’s family tied a horsehair mattress to the roof of their car to protect themselves from shrapnel and fled to France. Sebastian Junger, Time, 19 May 2021 Wilson describes Neal discovering that horsehair softens during this process and likens the result to a modern-day synthetic wig. Emma Fraser, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 Davis wears is part of Rainey’s glitzy onstage glamour and is paired with a horsehair wig (more on that below). Emma Fraser, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of horsehair

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of horsehair was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of horsehair

: hair from the mane or tail of a horse


horse·​hair | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌher How to pronounce horsehair (audio) \

Kids Definition of horsehair

1 : the hair of a horse especially from the mane or tail
2 : a cloth made from horsehair

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