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hair·ball

 (hâr′bôl′)
n.
A small mass of hair in the stomach or intestine of an animal, such as a cat, that is accumulated when the animal swallows hair while licking its coat.

hairball

(ˈhɛəˌbɔːl)
n
(Veterinary Science) a compact mass of hair that forms in the stomach of cats, calves, etc, as a result of licking and swallowing the fur, and causes vomiting, coughing, bloat, weight loss, and depression

hair•ball

(ˈhɛərˌbɔl)

n.
a ball of hair in the stomach of a cat or other animal as a result of the animal's licking its coat.
[1705–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hairball - a compact mass of hair that forms in the alimentary canal (especially in the stomach of animals as a result of licking fur)hairball - a compact mass of hair that forms in the alimentary canal (especially in the stomach of animals as a result of licking fur)
tangle - a twisted and tangled mass that is highly interwoven; "they carved their way through the tangle of vines"
Translations

hairball

[ˈhɛəbɔːl] N (in cats, calves etc) → bola f de pelo

hairball

[ˈhɛəˌbɔːl] npalla di pelo

hairball

n. bola de pelo, tipo de bezoar.
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That's when you decide this is going to be a two-human job, one of you tries to flick it up from one side using the coat hanger, one of you tries to flick it up using the broom handle from the other side and slowly, the item is raised out of its pit, up and up it comes covered in dust-balls and hair balls and brick dust and you feel so triumphant you can take on the world.
Then school finished last week, and we'd had the ritual dumping of the knackered shoes with hair balls on the velcro straps, hidden the skip-load of pencil-filled blue lesson books behind the sofa, and scraped the primordial sludge from the bottom of the school bag before settling down to watch lots of crap TV.
It contains folic acid, which is good for them, and while it may make them sick, this helps to get rid of unwanted things from their digestive system, like hair balls.
Unlike cats, rabbits do not have the physical ability to vomit up hair balls.
Identification and removal of three hair balls from stomach done.
Visually, maps of these goings-on resemble hair balls (human protein interactions shown), and critics have contended that the "ridiculous" amount of data in the simulations doesn't reflect what really happens in cells.
Some common culprits include foreign bodies such as hair balls or undigested portions of a cat's prey.