- 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
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Examples from the Web for horsehair
And the other is what is called a horsehair worm that overtakes the bodies of insects.Vampires without Glitter or Girl Problems: Inside Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Strain’
July 14, 2014
Atop the mattress and box spring, Hughes reveals two “toppers,” stuffed with cashmere, horsehair, and lambswool.Savoir Beds’ Royal State Bed: Just Perfect, If You Have $175,000
June 27, 2013
Is usually worked with horsehair on the edges to give firmness to the cordonnet.Textiles
William H. Dooley
Mattresses made of wool, or of wool and horsehair, are much better.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
Cunningham had made his bed of horsehair; let him twist and writhe upon it.The Pagan Madonna
They all went for the easy-chair, you see—but it's all horsehair.Germinie Lacerteux
Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
The cordonnet of Alençon is the only one which has horsehair for its foundation.Chats on Old Lace and Needlework
Emily Leigh Lowes
- hair taken chiefly from the tail or mane of a horse, used in upholstery and for fabric, etc
- (as modifier)a horsehair mattress
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Word Origin and History for horsehair
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