cornrow

[ kawrn-roh ]
/ ˈkɔrnˌroʊ /

noun

a type of braid, originating in Africa, in which a narrow strip of hair is plaited tightly against the scalp from front to back or from side to side.
Usually cornrows. a hair style consisting of such braids in close parallel rows.

verb (used with object)

to arrange (hair) in cornrows.

Origin of cornrow

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75; corn1 + row1
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British Dictionary definitions for corn row

cornrow

/ (ˈkɔːnˌrəʊ) /

noun

a Black, originally African, hair-style in which the hair is plaited in close parallel rows, resembling furrows in a ploughed field
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Word Origin and History for corn row

corn row


n.

also cornrow, 1769 as "a row of corn," by 1971 as a style of hair braids. The verb in this sense also is from 1971.

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