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earlock

[eer-lok]
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noun
  1. a lock of hair worn near or in front of the ear.
  2. Judaism. a lock of hair worn in front of each ear by Hasidic and Yemenite Jewish males in accordance with the Biblical prohibition against clipping the hair at the temples. Lev. 19:27.
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Origin of earlock

First recorded in 1765–75; ear1 + lock2
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Historical Examples

  • Here a musket-ball struck a pin out of the hair of Dr. Warren's earlock.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14

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