What is hair?

  • (noun): Dense growth of hairs covering the body or parts of it (as on the human head); helps prevent heat loss.
    Example: "He combed his hair"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Hair is a filamentous biomaterial, that grows from follicles found in the dermis. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals.

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Some articles on hair:

Maiko - Appearance
... Hair style Maiko's hairstyle is called nihongami (Japanese traditional hairstyle from Edo period.) They arrange their hairstyle with their own hair ... Maiko put kanzashi (Japanese traditional hair accessories) on their hair with seasonal flowers ...
Hair Analysis
... Hair analysis may refer to the chemical analysis of a hair sample, but can also refer to microscopic analysis or comparison ... Chemical hair analysis may be considered for retrospective purposes when blood and urine are no longer expected to contain a particular contaminant, typically a year or less ... Several alternative medicine fields also use various hair analyses for environmental toxicology but these uses are controversial, evolving and not standardized ...
Hair - Social Role - Religious Practices
... Women's hair may be hidden using headscarves, a common part of the hijab in Islam and a symbol of modesty required for certain religious rituals in Orthodox Christianity ... Sikhs have an obligation not to cut hair (a Sikh cutting hair becomes 'apostate' which means fallen from religion) and men keep it tied in a bun on the head, which is then ... Multiple religions, both ancient and contemporary, require or advise one to allow their hair to become dreadlocks, though people also wear them for fashion ...
Drug Test - Types - Hair Testing
... Hair analysis to detect drugs of abuse has been used by court systems in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and other countries worldwide ... In the United States, hair testing has been accepted in court cases as forensic evidence following the Frye Rule, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the Daubert Rule ... As such, hair testing results are legally and scientifically recognized as admissible evidence ...
Takarazuka Revue - Influence - Takarazuka and Homosexuality in Japanese Society
... There was another scandal when, for the first time, one of the otokoyaku cut her hair short (previously all of the actresses had their hair long and the ...

More definitions of "hair":

  • (noun): A filamentous projection or process on an organism.
  • (noun): Any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal.
    Example: "There is a hair in my soup"
    Synonyms: pilus
  • (noun): Cloth woven from horsehair or camelhair; used for upholstery or stiffening in garments.
    Synonyms: haircloth
  • (noun): Filamentous hairlike growth on a plant.
    Synonyms: fuzz, tomentum

Famous quotes containing the word hair:

    Her face is like the moon.
    Her mouth tastes like the drink of life.
    Her wild, hot kiss
    with a pull of her hair ...
    what’s THAT like?
    Hla Stavhana (c. 50 A.D.)

    The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round,
    Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound,
    Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are agleam,
    Our arms are waving, our lips are apart....
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Tomorrow let loveless, let lover tomorrow make love;
    O spring, singing spring, spring of the world renew!
    In spring lovers consent and the birds marry
    When the grove receives in her hair the nuptial dew.
    Allen Tate (1899–1979)