- a hair or the hair of a horse, especially from the mane or tail.
- a sturdy, glossy fabric woven of this hair.
- of or relating to horsehair: a horsehair mattress.
Origin of horsehair
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Examples from the Web for horsehair
And the other is what is called a horsehair worm that overtakes the bodies of insects.Vampires without Glitter or Girl Problems: Inside Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’
July 14, 2014
Atop the mattress and box spring, Hughes reveals two “toppers,” stuffed with cashmere, horsehair, and lambswool.Savoir Beds’ Royal State Bed: Just Perfect, If You Have $175,000
June 27, 2013
Is usually worked with horsehair on the edges to give firmness to the cordonnet.Textiles</p>
William H. Dooley
Mattresses made of wool, or of wool and horsehair, are much better.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
Cunningham had made his bed of horsehair; let him twist and writhe upon it.The Pagan Madonna
They all went for the easy-chair, you see—but it's all horsehair.Germinie Lacerteux
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
The cordonnet of Alençon is the only one which has horsehair for its foundation.Chats on Old Lace and Needlework</p>
Emily Leigh Lowes
- hair taken chiefly from the tail or mane of a horse, used in upholstery and for fabric, etc
- (as modifier)a horsehair mattress
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Word Origin and History for horsehair
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