Definition of horsehair in English:

horsehair

noun

mass noun
  • Hair from the mane or tail of a horse, typically used in furniture for padding.

    as modifier ‘a horsehair mattress’
    • ‘Quality furniture formerly used horsehair stuffing, and this may still be present in some antiques.’
    • ‘In 1857, an efficient power wire loom had been developed; one of the early uses was for kitchen sieves, which previously had been made from horsehair.’
    • ‘All the experiments were carried out on horsehair fibers taken from the tail.’
    • ‘A few of them had dyed horsehair forming a mane along the top of their helmet.’
    • ‘I don't go around whipping myself and wearing horsehair shirts.’
    • ‘In this new upholstery, the same interlaced webbing was still used, but it supported a group of springs rather than horsehair.’
    • ‘By 1849 the discreet euphemism ‘dress-improver’ was in use, and by 1853 bustles were being made with rolls of crinoline (a mixture of horsehair and linen).’
    • ‘These tautly stretched lines consist of single strands of horsehair, arranged in an elegant composition that brings to mind the great horizontal tableaux of Barnett Newman.’
    • ‘The Italians are wearing black robes with ornate gold braid on their shoulders; the British, horsehair wigs; the Dutch and French, simple, unadorned black robes.’
    • ‘To characterize the effect of the sample preparation procedure on the keratin structure, WAXS patterns were recorded for three groups of four horsehair fibers.’
    • ‘Though Western riders can use a bitless halter and a ‘Mecate’ rein made of woven horsehair, Sarah is able to guide her horse just by pressure from her legs and shifting her bodyweight.’
    • ‘Early wigs were made of black horsehair, dressed daily with powder and a scented ointment called pomatum, which had ruinous effects on the wearer's clothes.’
    • ‘Inlaid furniture, kilim rugs with horsehair tassels, and multicolored lamps with crescent moons complete the decorative program.’
    • ‘The commonest materials for Western stringed instruments are gut, metal, and latterly plastic, though such other materials as silk and horsehair have been used.’
    • ‘The furnishings included a massive desk in the Empire style, a table with an Italian marble top, sofas and chairs with horsehair seats, and a billiard table.’
    • ‘The nests are usually constructed of mud mixed with straw, grasses, or horsehair, and cemented to the vertical surfaces of old beams or rafters.’
    • ‘At the reception, I counted five horsehair wigs.’
    • ‘The main difference, though, lay in the padding - either lamb's wool or horsehair - Broughton incorporated into his gloves to soften blows.’
    • ‘Heaven forbid they see me in my typical trail riding attire: comfy jeans, western blouse and cowboy hat, complete with braided horsehair stampede string.’
    • ‘They use small ‘bows’ made from Popsicle sticks and rosined horsehair and draw them back and forth across the piano's strings to produce melodies, drones, and staccato rhythmic figures.’

Pronunciation

horsehair

/ˈhɔːshɛː/