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hairball

[ hair-bawl ]
/ ˈhɛərˌbɔl /

noun

a ball of hair accumulated in the stomach or intestines of a cat or other animal as a result of the animal's licking its coat.

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Nearby words

hair-raiser, hair-raising, hair-shirt, hair-splitting, hair-trigger, hairball, hairbrained, hairbreadth, hairbrush, hairbrush cactus, haircloth

Origin of hairball

First recorded in 1705–15; hair + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for hairball

hairball

/ (ˈhɛəˌbɔːl) /

noun

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
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Word Origin and History for hairball

hairball


n.

1712, from hair + ball (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for hairball

hairball

[ hârbôl′ ]

n.

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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