AskDefine | Define horsehair

Dictionary Definition



1 hair taken from the mane or tail of a horse
2 fabric made from horsehair fibers; used for upholstery

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. the hair of a horse, especially from the mane and tail, used for upholstery
  2. a fabric made from this


Extensive Definition

Horsehair refers to hair taken from the mane or tail of horses. It has various uses including brushes and the bows of musical instruments. The word is also used to refer to haircloth, a hard-wearing fabric made from horsehair. The term can also refer to horsehair plaster, a wallcovering material formerly used in the construction industry and now found only in older buildings; it has been replaced by drywall and other cheaper, more modern materials.

See also

horsehair in German: Rosshaar

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bristle, capillament, catgut, chord, cilium, coat, fiddlestring, fleece, fur, hair, mane, nylon string, pelt, pile, pubescence, pubic hair, setula, shag, steel string, string, wool, wound string
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