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 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, "All the essentials your cat actually needs, according to vets," 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, "The Ultimate Guide to Tanning Wild Game Pelts and Hides," 24 Dec. 2020 Reindeer have a woolly overcoat and a long-haired undercoat. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Santa’s reindeer have a lot of nonmagical relatives, but they’re special, too," 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, "In the Arctic, Reindeer Are Sustenance and a Sacred Presence," 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, "Don't blow your top when your dog blows its summer coat," 30 Oct. 2020 Tufts of undercoat loosen, drift on the wind, clump on wet pavement. Catharina Coenen, The Christian Science Monitor, "In which I witness someone falling in love," 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, "Jareth and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 4 Sep. 2020 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

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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 14 Apr. 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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