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eyelash

[ahy-lash] /ˈaɪˌlæʃ/
noun
1.
one of the short, thick, curved hairs growing as a fringe on the edge of an eyelid.
2.
the fringe of hairs itself.
Origin of eyelash
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; eye + lash1
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Examples from the Web for eyelash
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  • The Boss wasn't able, I guess, and the girl never moved an eyelash.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Well, you did it well--monstrously well, I will say--for you never flinched an eyelash.

  • Maybe it's just a quiver of the eyelash, maybe a shuffle of the foot.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • We watched each other full five minutes without moving an eyelash.

    Wood Folk at School William J. Long
  • While you try to extract the eyelash from my eye, you do not see the beam which has entered your own.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford
  • Moreover, what becomes, afterwards, of the length and the curl of the eyelash?

    The Children Alice Meynell
British Dictionary definitions for eyelash

eyelash

/ˈaɪˌlæʃ/
noun
1.
any one of the short curved hairs that grow from the edge of the eyelids
2.
a row or fringe of these hairs
related
adjective ciliary
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Word Origin and History for eyelash
n.

1752, from eye (n.) + lash (n.). Related: Eyelashes.

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eyelash in Medicine

eyelash eye·lash (ī'lāsh')
n.

  1. Any of the short hairs fringing the edge of the eyelid. Also called cilium.

  2. A row of the hairs fringing the eyelid.

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