un·​der·​coat | \ ˈən-dər-ˌkōt How to pronounce undercoat (audio) \

Definition of undercoat

1 : a coat or jacket worn under another
2 : a growth of short hair or fur partly concealed by the longer and usually coarser guard hairs of a mammal
3a : a coat (as of paint) applied as a base for another coat
4 dialect : petticoat

Examples of undercoat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It's designed to loosen your dog's dead undercoat, which is what leads to shedding in the first place. Andrea Marie, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2021 The stainless steel teeth on this brush are flexible to get to the undercoat with ease, while rubber tips keep grooming gentle. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, 5 Mar. 2021 Down hair: This is the undercoat or innermost layer of the fur, consisting of wavy or curly hairs. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 24 Dec. 2020 Reindeer have a woolly overcoat and a long-haired undercoat. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, 15 Dec. 2020 It’s built for the cold, warmed by a thick undercoat and outer hairs like hollow tubes that trap air and keep it buoyant swimming across icy lakes and rivers. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2020 Follow the bath with conditioner, and then blow-dry, brushing your dog thoroughly to remove loosened hair and undercoat. Kim Campbell Thornton Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, Star Tribune, 30 Oct. 2020 Tufts of undercoat loosen, drift on the wind, clump on wet pavement. Catharina Coenen, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Sep. 2020 Her coat of black, eyes of gold, and a stunning silver undercoat, plus a mellow, shy personality, will melt your heart. The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of undercoat

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Undercoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercoat. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of undercoat

: a coat of paint that is put on a surface to prepare it for another coat of paint

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