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guard hair

n.
Any of the long coarse hairs forming a layer that covers and protects the soft underfur of certain mammals.

guard hair

n
(Zoology) any of the coarse hairs that form the outer fur in certain mammals, rising above the underfur

guard′ hair`


n.
the long, usu. stiff outer hair protecting the underfur in certain animals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.guard hair - coarse hairs that form the outer fur and protect the underfur of certain mammals
fur - dense coat of fine silky hairs on mammals (e.g., cat or seal or weasel)
hair - a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss; "he combed his hair"; "each hair consists of layers of dead keratinized cells"
Translations
poil de garde
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albiventer being a deep chestnut-red with creamy-white guard hairs scattered on half its back, with a few distributed on the shoulders and head, that of P.
The dark appearance comes from long, nearly black guard hairs that may touch the ground, but the muskox is actually a colorful animal, with nearly white legs and a pale saddle patch where the underlayer of soft wool shows through the guard hairs.
The hinged traps are bigger or smaller, they're redder or greener, the guard hairs are longer or miniaturised, and so on.
A polar bear's coat has two layers of hair - an outer layer, made up of long guard hairs, and a thick undercoat, made up
The guard hairs usually determine the color of a cat and provide a barrier of protection from water, ultraviolet light and trauma.
When a dancer wants to accentuate his movement, it is the long, responsive, porcupine guard hairs of his roach (plus his crest feather) that project this rhythm beyond his body.
The outer guard hairs of a polar bear's fur are actually clear and hollow, like glass fibers.
Although I haven't gotten to the point where I have the time to learn to spin myself, I have sent out samples of her fiber to some friends who do work with fiber and they have told me that Giselle's fiber is not only about as soft as an alpaca's but it also has either no guard hairs or they are so soft that they just spin right into that soft downy undercoat hair that makes up her mohair.
Preserved in the fossil is a clear halo of guard hairs and underfur residue, making Megaconus only the second known pre-mammalian fossil with fur.
Gabe wasn't even wet under her guard hairs, but I certainly was.
The guard hairs trap the sun's heat and allow its rays to reach the polar bear's black skin.
wirehairs will do just fine, and the guard hairs will grow back in time.