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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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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.
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.
Note that his guard hairs match the shade between two cedars perfectly.
The long guard hairs and grey/white whiskers gave it away for me, as did the nose which is covered in hair," wrote Jeff Jones of Eugene.
On average, a whitetail's winter coat has about 2,500 coarse, hollow guard hairs to the square inch.
the fly lays eggs directly on the guard hairs of the caribou (2,3).