hair ball


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hair ball a compact mass of hair that forms in the alimentary canal (especially in the stomach of animals as a result of licking fur)
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In literature:

Flora was still in full ball-dress; her maid was doing up her hair.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
A small camel's hair brush dipped in water and passed over the ball of the eye on raising the lid.
"Scientific American, Volume XLIII., No. 25, December 18, 1880" by Various
I fired my other pistol, and the buffalo shrank as the ball struck just behind the long hair on his shoulders.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
Bang went a six-shooter, an' the ball just combed my back hair.
"Charlie to the Rescue" by R.M. Ballantyne
Fortunately the miscreant missed Frank, yet so narrowly that the ball had touched his hair as it whistled past his ear.
"Digging for Gold" by R.M. Ballantyne
If the ball enters a hair's-breadth too low, the horse falls dead instantly.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
This flock of wool and this rich lock of hair, This ball of cowslips, these she gave me here.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
The hair balls, so common to the stomach and intestines of cattle, are very rare in horses.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Her hair's the color of a ball of twine.
"The Twin Cousins" by Sophie May
A pistol barked and the ball clipped a straggling lock of Trimble Rogers' gray hair.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine

In poetry:

Yea--of the Prince's ball? We go together.
Braid in thy hair our mother's pearls, and wear
The amulet ingemmed with eastern stones;
'T will bring good fortune.
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus
'If my head hurt a hair's foot
Pack back the downed bone. If the unpricked ball of my breath
Bump on a spout let the bubbles jump out.
Sooner drop with the worm of the ropes round my throat
Than bully ill love in the clouted scene.
"'If my head hurt a hair's foot'" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

INDORE, INDIA--Hospital officials say they removed a four pound hair ball from a 19-year-old's stomach.
DVK Hair Ball and Goldtop pedals.
He gave his thoughts on body hair, immortality and even cracked jokes about USA TODAY's blue ball logo - again.
Join us for the 1st Annual DEATH BECOMES HAIR: Masquerade Ball and Fashion Show featuring The Band OaSiS.
Michael Jackson's Purchased Hair to Be Converted Into a Roulette Ball .
Michael Jackson's Hair To Become A Roulette Ball .
A website called has purchased a clump of the late Michael Jackson's hair for a reported $10,871 and plans to have the hair made into a roulette ball .
Gambling Site Converts Michael Jackson's Hair into Roulette Ball .
In today's macabre Michael Jackson news: a gambling website has purchased some of the singer's hair and plans to convert it into a roulette ball .
Don't get cat hair on your tux : the Fur Ball is this weekend.
Although a blowout can transform hair from a ball of frizz into sleek, shiny waves, it can take forever, leave your wallet empty, and—if you're in the wrong hands—look more country music star than Victoria's Secret model.
NAPLES, Fla.—Kenny Perry and Sean O'Hair took a two-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout op Saturday, birdieing the final six holes in better-ball play for an 11-under 61.
Brylcreem, the Sara Lee-owned line of hair styling products for men, launches its newest addition, Brylcreem Paste in a limited-edition cricket ball pack.
Michael Jackson's Hair To Become A Roulette Ball.
A website called has purchased a clump of the late Michael Jackson's hair for a reported $10,871 and plans to have the hair made into a roulette ball.