One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of a surface: covered with hairs so thickly matted together that they can be removed in a single mass. Of hairs: forming a covering of this kind.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From classical Latin manicātus provided with long sleeves from manica + -ātus.
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