horse·​hair | \ˈhȯrs-ˌher \

Definition of horsehair 

1 : the hair of a horse especially from the mane or tail

2 : cloth made from horsehair

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There, stationed squarely on Main Street, alongside a 19th-century clapboard inn and a boutique selling horsehair jewelry, the Creede Repertory Theatre (established in 1966) presents classics and newer plays. Elisabeth Vincentelli, WSJ, "Small-Town Theaters Worth the Trip," 16 Aug. 2018 There are also seemingly random — and likely not household — products on the list, like bovine semen and horsehair. New York Times, "Trade War With China in Aisle 12," 12 July 2018 Judges and barristers sweat beneath their curly horsehair wigs and black robes. The Economist, "As temperatures rise, English lawyers’ costumes look odder than ever," 5 July 2018 The Chilean poet-architect Smiljan Radic sent one of the very few flesh-and-blood objects, a Dada-esque collage of a violin bow suspending part of a violin’s belly on strands of its horsehair. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "Swiss Institute Has a New Home Ready-Made for Art," 28 June 2018 Rosa Bonheur gained widespread renown for painting animals with horsehair-fine realism. Cate Mcquaid,, "A ThemToo movement for Parisian art," 14 June 2018 Rubber rots, glazing splits, steel corrodes, horsehair seats crumble to dust. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Art of Faking a Ferrari," 10 May 2018 Hers was constructed using flowing ribbon and horsehair. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Met Gala 2018: Ariana Grande's Vera Wang draws inspiration from the Sistine Chapel," 8 May 2018 One of her first inventions, in 1977, was the tape-bow: a violin that uses recorded magnetic tape in place of a horsehair bow, with a magnetic tape head in the instrument's bridge. Jessica Gelt,, "Laurie Anderson on turning loss into lemonade, and why that matters," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of horsehair

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of horsehair

: hair from the mane or tail of a horse


horse·​hair | \ˈhȯrs-ˌher \

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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