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

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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 Ultimately, how efficiently a cat grooms depends upon how deeply the papillae can penetrate the fur to reach the skin underneath the cat's topcoat and undercoat. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 At first glance, his coat appears to be black, but then that beautiful silver undercoat shines through. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Adopt a dog or cat from metro Phoenix shelters this week," 5 July 2018 Brushes that preferentially remove the undercoat (which can trap the allergens) will help lift and remove the offending molecules. Dr. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "Allergic to your furry friends? Here are tips to help manage pet allergies," 31 May 2018 Part of the farm's animal husbandry involves collecting the hair that's shed from musk ox undercoats each spring. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "A primer on Alaska animals and where to see them (safely)," 2 May 2018 The vehicles will also all receive an undercoat to prevent damage from road salt. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Vernon To Replace 13 Vehicles," 13 Mar. 2018 But on Tuesday morning, his family, friends and a few dozen well-wishers decorated the unfinished walls with an undercoat of celebratory graffiti. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Walls raised for double amputee's home in Vista," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of undercoat

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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