one of the short, thick, curved hairs growing as a fringe on the edge of an eyelid.
the fringe of hairs itself.

Origin of eyelash

First recorded in 1745–55; eye + lash1
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Historical Examples of eyelash

  • The Boss wasn't able, I guess, and the girl never moved an eyelash.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Well, you did it well--monstrously well, I will say--for you never flinched an eyelash.

  • Maybe it's just a quiver of the eyelash, maybe a shuffle of the foot.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • We watched each other full five minutes without moving an eyelash.

    Wood Folk at School

    William J. Long

  • While you try to extract the eyelash from my eye, you do not see the beam which has entered your own.

    Paul Patoff

    F. Marion Crawford

British Dictionary definitions for eyelash



any one of the short curved hairs that grow from the edge of the eyelids
a row or fringe of these hairs
Related formsRelated adjective: ciliary
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Word Origin and History for eyelash

1752, from eye (n.) + lash (n.). Related: Eyelashes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

eyelash in Medicine




Any of the short hairs fringing the edge of the eyelid.cilium
A row of the hairs fringing the eyelid.
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