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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.
References in periodicals archive ?
A It sounds as though your kitten is regurgitating hairballs.
The bulk stimulates the gastrointestinal walls to contract and can help move along simple obstructions, such as hairballs.
Despite being considered as carnivores, cats love to nibble grass and it is believed that it helps them to cough up hairballs.
Brush your cat to eliminate excess fur and hairballs.
Each performance, with the exception of a single joke (what it's like to try and sleep with 14 cats coughing hairballs throughout the night) both performances are unique and feature Paula's distinctive comedic stylings as she plays off members of her audiences.
Answer: Hairballs are the unsavoury by-product of a good, clean grooming habit and are more likely to appear in long-haired breeds.
Kibbles 'n Bits, a brand of San Francisco-based Big Heart Pet Brands, offers Weight Maintenance Roasted Chicken & Vegetable Flavor dog food, and Iams, manufactured by Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, has a lineup that includes ProActive Health Adult Weight Control dog and cat food "with fat-burning L-Carnitine that helps turn fat into energy"; Iams Healthy Naturals Weight Management dog food with Chicken, which has 10 percent less fat than Iams Healthy Naturals Chicken + Barley Recipe; and Iams Indoor Weight Control & Hairball Care cat food, which offers L-Carnitine plus a "targeted fiber system" that "minimizes hairballs.
It just made sense to give them something better to do other than snooze or cough-up hairballs.
It's right there in the robbery-for-dummies book--but these two hapless hairballs apparently didn't read it: When pulling two-man stickups, always coordinate your actions and rehearse the job before you go in.
6] Sometimes these hairballs result in weight loss, intestinal malabsorption or gastro-intestinal obstruction, perforation, abscesses, pancreatitis, obstructive jaundice, gastric emphysema and even death, especially in children.
Ultimately, your goal is to establish a long-term systems management program that prevents hairballs from occurring.
Method Two: A metal coat hanger is good for about one million different uses--one of which is reaching into tub drains and pulling out large hairballs.