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hairball

[ hair-bawl ]
/ ˈhɛərˌbɔl /
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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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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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