horsehair

noun

horse·​hair ˈhȯrs-ˌher How to pronounce horsehair (audio)
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 wigs, traditionally made of horsehair, are not required in all courtrooms. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 19 May 2024 The flowers vary in size and shape, featuring anywhere from two to 18 petals, and the hat is made from silk taffeta, silk organza, horsehair, and wire, with a cotton lining base. Morgan Evans, Vogue, 4 May 2024 WATCH Out of Quito and into Ecuador's Wild Monty Lewis is one of just five craftspeople in the UK who still makes traditional dress sporrans using goat hide and horsehair. Karen Gardiner, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Oct. 2023 Natural bristles: Brooms with natural bristles, typically made from materials like corn or horsehair, are softer and more delicate. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Aug. 2023 Stored for a period, prior to shredding, having been twisted into ropes to make each individual strand coiled and springy, horsehair also affords those lying horizontal on top of it a feeling of floating whilst being completely, and evenly, supported. Nick Scott, Robb Report, 11 Aug. 2023 Most manufacturers recommend cleaning off the grates with a nylon or horsehair brush. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2023 While most baskets have long been made from strong, fibrous materials, such as wood splints, runners, and cane, other materials such as horsehair, or metal wire can be used. Town & Country, 18 Apr. 2023 With deep smile lines, a long horsehair beard and bushy pompom eyebrows, another mask honors the form of Okina, a spirit who appears as an old man. Hannah Kirshner Bon Duke, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Horsehair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horsehair. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

horsehair

noun
horse·​hair -ˌha(ə)r How to pronounce horsehair (audio)
-ˌhe(ə)r
1
: hair of a horse especially from the mane or tail
2
: cloth made from horsehair
horsehair adjective

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