Hirsute Hir*sute", a. [L. hirsutus; prob. akin to horridus horrid. Cf. {Horrid}.] 1. Rough with hair; set with bristles; shaggy. [1913 Webster]

2. Rough and coarse; boorish. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Cynical and hirsute in his behavior. --Life of A. Wood. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Pubescent with coarse or stiff hairs. --Gray. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) Covered with hairlike feathers, as the feet of certain birds. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Hirsute — means hairy. It may refer to: * hirsutism, the growth of excessive male pattern hair on a woman; * in botany, the possession of a dense covering of hairs, for example on a stem or leaf …   Wikipedia

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  • hirsute — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having abundant hair on the face or body; hairy. DERIVATIVES hirsuteness noun. ORIGIN Latin hirsutus …   English terms dictionary

  • hirsute — [hʉr′so͞ot΄, hər so͞ot′] adj. [L hirsutus < hirtus, bristly, akin to hircus: see HIRCINE] hairy; shaggy; bristly hirsuteness n …   English World dictionary

  • HIRSUTE — adj. des deux genres Qui est hérissé, d’aspect sauvage. Chevelure hirsute. Barbe hirsute. Par extension, Caractère hirsute, Qui est farouche, sauvage …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • hirsute — adj., qui a les cheveux ou les poils hirsute broussailleux // hérissés // embroussaillés // ébouriffés // mal peignés // en désordre, (ep. des personnes et des animaux) ; velu, poilu, chevelu : brochu (Combe Si.18) / BROSSU (Albanais.001,… …   Dictionnaire Français-Savoyard

  • hirsute — adjective Etymology: Latin hirsutus; akin to Latin horrēre to bristle more at horror Date: 1621 1. hairy 1 2. covered with coarse stiff hairs < a hirsute leaf > • hirsuteness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • hirsute — [[t]hɜ͟ː(r)sjuːt, AM suːt[/t]] ADJ GRADED If a man is hirsute, he is hairy. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

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