a lock of hair worn near or in front of the ear.
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. Leviticus 19:27.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
Here a musket-ball struck a pin out of the hair of Dr. Warren's earlock.
He was torn to pieces, had a bleeding ear, and a torn earlock.