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[ahy-lash] /ˈaɪˌlæʃ/
one of the short, thick, curved hairs growing as a fringe on the edge of an eyelid.
the fringe of hairs itself.
Origin of eyelash
First recorded in 1745-55; eye + lash1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


any one of the short curved hairs that grow from the edge of the eyelids
a row or fringe of these hairs
adjective ciliary
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Word Origin and History for eyelash

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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eyelash in Medicine

eyelash eye·lash (ī'lāsh')

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

  2. A row of the hairs fringing the eyelid.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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