Salama al Sersawi leans on a bench, waiting to get his mound of matted hair reined in.
Above the matted hair that concealed the jaws and cheeks, blue eyes stared out of cavernous sockets.
From within the tufts of matted hair, the creature released a huge pale cock that defied logic.
These men wore loose robes of white cotton, having their long hair clotted with blood, and all matted and twisted together.
The tops of the trees fall outward, and the branches are matted together.
Carefully she folded the matted circle of feathers in its muslin covering and reverently replaced it in the bureau drawer.
Hair and eyebrows were matted with ice and a coat of sleet covered his clothes.
The miserable men lay on the hard floor, still in the matted clothes they had worn in battle.
The green hill-side is matted close with dying and with dead.
The 40 curls were so matted that it was impossible to comb them out and there was nothing left to do but cut them short.
loosely joined natural materials used as bedding, etc., Old English matte, from Late Latin matta "mat made of rushes" (4c.), probably from Punic or Phoenician matta (cf. Hebrew mittah "bed, couch"). Meaning "tangled mass" is from 1835. That of "piece of padded flooring used in gymnastics or wrestling" is attested from 1892; hence figurative phrase go to the mat "do battle" (1910). The Latin word also is the source of German Matte, matze; Dutch mat, Italian matta. French natte "mat, matting" is from Late Latin secondary form natta (cf. napkin).
"sheet of backing material," 1845, from French mat "dull surface or finish" (15c.), noun use of Old French mat (adj.); see mat (adj.).
1640s, "lusterless, dull" (of a color or surface), from French mat "dull, dead surface," from Old French mat "beaten down, withered, afflicted, dejected; dull," which is perhaps from Latin mattus "maudlin with drink," from madere "to be wet or sodden, be drunk," from PIE root *mad- "to be wet, drip" (see mast (n.2)). Or the French word might represent a transferred use from chess of mater "to checkmate, defeat," from Arabic (see mate (v.2)).
early 15c., "to make mats," from mat (n.1). From 1540s as "to provide with mats, to cover with mats;" meaning "to become tangled" is from 1570s. Related: Matted; matting.