Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
1. One of the fine strands that grow from the skin of mammals, usually providing insulation against the cold. Modified hairs sometimes serve as protective defenses, as in the quills of a porcupine or hedgehog, or as tactile organs, as in the whiskers (called vibrissae) of many nocturnal mammals. Hair filaments are a modification of the epidermis of the skin and are composed primarily of keratin. Hair also contains melanin, which determines hair color.
a. A minute distance or narrow margin: won by a hair.
b. A precise or exact degree: calibrated to a hair.