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verb (used with object)
  1. to remove the hair from, as a hide in preparation for tanning.
  2. to remove the guard hairs from, as for a pelt or animal skin to be made into a garment.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become hairless: After soaking, the hides unhair easily.
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Origin of unhair

First recorded in 1350–1400, unhair is from the Middle English word unheeren. See un-2, hair
Related formsun·hair·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for unhair

Historical Examples

  • By changing the type of spiral knife cylinder the machine will unhair, flesh or scud.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for unhair


  1. to remove the hair from (a hide)
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