horsehair
noun Date: 14th century 1. the hair of a horse especially from the mane or tail 2. cloth made from horsehair

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Horsehair — refers to hair taken from the mane or tail of horses. It has various uses including brushes and the bows of musical instruments. The word is also used to refer to haircloth, a hard wearing fabric made from horsehair. The term can also refer to… …   Wikipedia

  • horsehair — [hôrs′her΄] n. [ME horsher] 1. any of the hairs from the mane or tail of a horse 2. a growth of these hairs 3. a stiff fabric made from horsehair; haircloth adj. 1. of horsehair 2. covered or stuffed with horsehair …   English World dictionary

  • Horsehair — Horse hair , n. A hair of a horse, especially one from the mane or tail; the hairs of the mane or tail taken collectively; Specifically: a black shiny fabric made of such hairs, used commonly in the 1800 s as a covering for stuffed furniture such …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • horsehair — (n.) late 14c., from HORSE (Cf. horse) (n.) + HAIR (Cf. hair) …   Etymology dictionary

  • horsehair — ► NOUN ▪ hair from the mane or tail of a horse, used in furniture for padding …   English terms dictionary

  • horsehair — horsehaired, adj. /hawrs hair /, n. 1. a hair or the hair of a horse, esp. from the mane or tail. 2. a sturdy, glossy fabric woven of this hair. adj. 3. of or pertaining to horsehair: a horsehair mattress. [1275 1325; ME hors here. See HORSE,… …   Universalium

  • horsehair — /ˈhɔshɛə/ (say hawshair) noun 1. a hair, or the hair, of a horse, especially from the mane or tail. 2. a sturdy, glossy fabric woven of horsehair. –adjective 3. made of or relating to horsehair. 4. (of upholstered furniture) stuffed or padded… …   Australian English dictionary

  • horsehair — [[t]hɔ͟ː(r)sheə(r)[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N n Horsehair is hair from the tails or manes of horses and was used in the past to fill mattresses and furniture such as armchairs …   English dictionary

  • horsehair — noun a) the hair of a horse, especially from the mane and tail, used for upholstery b) a fabric made from this …   Wiktionary

  • horsehair — Synonyms and related words: bristle, capillament, catgut, chord, cilium, coat, fiddlestring, fleece, fur, hair, mane, nylon string, pelt, pile, pubescence, pubic hair, setula, shag, steel string, string, wool, wound string …   Moby Thesaurus

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”