[ uhn-hair ]

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.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become hairless: After soaking, the hides unhair easily.

Origin of unhair

First recorded in1350–1400, unhair is from the Middle English word unheeren.See un-2, hair

Other words from unhair

  • un·hair·er, noun

Words Nearby unhair

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How to use unhair in a sentence

  • Sodium sulphide is a powerful depilatant, and will alone unhair hides easily in strong solutions even in a few hours.

    Animal Proteins | Hugh Garner Bennett
  • By changing the type of spiral knife cylinder the machine will unhair, flesh or scud.

    Animal Proteins | Hugh Garner Bennett
  • Whence he to me: 'Even if thou unhair me I will not tell thee who I am.'

British Dictionary definitions for unhair


/ (ʌnˈhɛə) /

  1. to remove the hair from (a hide)

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