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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.
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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
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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]
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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"
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Translations

hairball

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

[ˈhɛəˌbɔːl] npalla di pelo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

hairball

n. bola de pelo, tipo de bezoar.
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It's easy to dismiss a cough as a hairball or another benign condition, but it's important to pay attention to a coughing cat and discuss the symptom with a veterinarian.
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