[ hawrs-hair ]
/ ˈhɔrsˌhɛər /


a hair or the hair of a horse, especially from the mane or tail.
a sturdy, glossy fabric woven of this hair.


of or relating to horsehair: a horsehair mattress.

Origin of horsehair

First recorded in 1275–1325, horsehair is from the Middle English word hors here. See horse, hair

Related forms

horse·haired, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for horsehair


/ (ˈhɔːsˌhɛə) /


  1. hair taken chiefly from the tail or mane of a horse, used in upholstery and for fabric, etc
  2. (as modifier)a horsehair mattress
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