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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HAIRINESS

This varies a good deal in hairiness and there are several varieties.

They are occasionally white and the plants vary in size and hairiness.

Fuzz, or hairiness, usually occurs on the wire side of the sheet.

Hairiness of foot-soles in type slightly less than shown in figure 20.

Usually the hairiness of the Oblong Woodsia is very pronounced.

Both are hairy, but the hairiness falls off before Michaelmas.

Hairy races may have been more recently domesticated, or bred for their hairiness, or less addicted to an indoor life.

There is a dwarf variety of it, and another with white flowers; it has been observed to vary also in point of hairiness.

The eggs (pup) are effectual against deafness, and correct the hairiness of the cheeks of children being rubbed thereon.

The plants were of the last year's growth, and their hairiness the more conspicuous; but it is a mere variety.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from hair + -y (2). From 1848 in slang sense of "difficult." Farmer calls this "Oxford slang." Perhaps from the notion of "rugged, rough." Related: Hairiness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HAIRINESS

roughness

nounthe quality of being rough on the surface
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