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 Great for cats and dogs, this brush easily collects loose hairs from your pet's undercoat for a fast and gentle grooming session, as well as removes hair from soft surfaces like beds and couches. Kami Phillips, CNN Underscored, "15 gadgets that'll help keep your clothes and home free of pet hair," 25 June 2020 This will prevent the undercoat from building up and trapping in heat from the sun. Grace Haynes, Southern Living, "Brush Up on Healthy Dog-Grooming Practices," 29 May 2020 Each spring, farm workers tend to the new calves and collect hair shed from the musk ox undercoats. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "Got 1, 2 or 3 days to explore? Here are some fun itineraries," 28 May 2020 Its powerful teeth are designed to target the loose hair your cat is shedding in its undercoat, while protecting their topcoat. Popular Science, "Essential supplies for grooming your cat," 18 Mar. 2020 The backsplash flanking the stainless-steel stove is clear glass with an undercoat of a green paint that reminds Fei of the Mediterranean Sea. John Ellement, Boston.com Real Estate, "Home of the Week: Wayland house mirrors style of fashion trendsetter," 19 Sep. 2019 What Strong sees is a small bird with a golden voice and look-at-me ensemble of yellow cap, black and white back, and black undercoat. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "In Vermont, hopes for the bobolink’s return," 21 July 2019 That is her silver undercoat, rather unusual and altogether beautiful. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Sir Didymus and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 14 June 2019 Body check: Each summer, yaks shed their downy undercoat, and Tibetan nomads comb out and process the soft, cashmere-like fiber. National Geographic, "What is a yak?," 26 Mar. 2019

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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 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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