tenent hair

noun

variants or tenant hair
: a hair much more swollen at the tip than the base, sometimes secreting an adhesive fluid, growing in tufts on the feet of many spiders and insects, and enabling them to move freely on smooth or vertical surfaces

Word History

Etymology

Latin tenent-, tenens, present participle of tenēre to hold

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“Tenent hair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenent%20hair. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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