undercoat

noun

un·​der·​coat ˈən-dər-ˌkōt How to pronounce undercoat (audio)
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
3
a
: 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 Some have extremely short hair, while others have a thick undercoat that sheds all over your furniture and clogs up the vacuum cleaner. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 7 Dec. 2023 And the country has left its mark on the Florentine label in other, more lasting ways, with the superfine white fiber from the undercoat of the Capra hircus goats of Inner Mongolia spawning its own new label within the brand: Stefano Ricci Alpha Yarn. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 21 Jan. 2024 Typically made from the soft feathers or undercoats of ducks and geese, down comforters are known (and sought after) for their softness, warmth, and hotel-like feel. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 2 Jan. 2024 Cuddly red pandas, which have ample undercoats, face natural predation from leopards and dholes, aka Asiatic wild dogs. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 9 May 2023 All coyotes have a thick coat with an undercoat that grows in during cold weather. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 7 Dec. 2023 For example, double-coated breeds like Huskies have an undercoat that sheds heavily twice a year during seasonal changes. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 29 July 2023 Wool, Lewenhaupt explains, is a natural protein fiber obtained from the undercoats of sheep and goats. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Sep. 2023 According to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), cashmere is a type of wool with fine fiber that comes from the undercoat of a specific breed of goats that originate in Asia; most of the world’s highest-quality cashmere is sourced from Mongolia. Paula Lee, Glamour, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of undercoat was in 1591

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“Undercoat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undercoat. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

undercoat

noun
un·​der·​coat -ˌkōt How to pronounce undercoat (audio)
1
: a coat or jacket worn under another
2
: a growth of short hair or fur partly concealed by a longer growth of usually coarse hairs
a dog's undercoat
3
: a coat of paint under another
undercoat verb

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