Origin of hairball
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- a compact mass of hair that forms in the stomach of cats, calves, etc, as a result of licking and swallowing the fur, and causes vomiting, coughing, bloat, weight loss, and depression
Word Origin and History for hairball
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small mass of hair located in the stomach or intestine of an animal, such as a cat, resulting from an accumulation of small amounts of hair that are swallowed each time the animal licks its coat.pilobezoar trichobezoar
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