[hur-soot, hur-soot]


hairy; shaggy.
Botany, Zoology. covered with long, rather stiff hairs.
of, relating to, or characteristic of hair.


Origin of hirsute

1615–25; < Latin hirsūtus rough, shaggy, bristly; akin to horrid
Related formshir·sute·ness, nounsub·hir·sute, adjectivesub·hir·sute·ness, noun

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covered with hair
(of plants or their parts) covered with long but not stiff hairs
(of a person) having long, thick, or untrimmed hair
Derived Formshirsuteness, noun

Word Origin for hirsute

C17: from Latin hirsūtus shaggy; related to Latin horrēre to bristle, hirtus hairy; see horrid
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Word Origin and History for hirsute

"hairy," 1620s, from Latin hirsutus "rough, shaggy, bristly," figuratively "rude, unpolished," related to hirtus "shaggy," and possibly to horrere "to bristle with fear," from PIE *ghers-tu-, from root *ghers- "to bristle" (see horror).

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Medicine definitions for hirsute


[hûrsōōt′, hîr-, hər-sōōt]


Covered with hair; hairy.
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