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When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with violent motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms, it acquires a surname from this very violent motion, and is called love.
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Hair in a zero-gravity situation.
See also haïr

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Middle English hēr, heer, hær, Old English hǣr from Proto-Germanic *haeram. A cognate of the latter seems to be Lithuanian šerys. From the same Germanic word come, indirectly, Old Frisian hēr, Dutch haar, German Haar, Old High German hār, Icelandic hár and Swedish hår.

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Noun

Singular
hair

Plural
s

hair (s) (but usually in singular)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A pigmented keratinaceous growth that forms thin spires and grows out from a follicle on the human head, or the collection of them.
    Quotations
    Then read he me how Sampson lost his hairs. - Chaucer
    And draweth new delights with hoary hairs. - Spenser
    Young man, comb your hair at home, not in the classroom.
    She said she couldn't go out with me Friday - she had to wash her hair.
  2. (uncountable) The collection or mass of filaments growing from the skin of humans and animals, and forming a covering for a part of the head or for any part or the whole body.
    The hair on a bear makes a warm fur coat.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A slender outgrowth from the chitinous cuticle of insects, spiders, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. Such hairs are totally unlike those of vertebrates in structure, composition, and mode of growth.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A cellular outgrowth of the epidermis, consisting of one or of several cells, whether pointed, hooked, knobbed, or stellated. Internal hairs occur in the flower stalk of the yellow frog lily (Nuphar).
  5. (obsolete) A haircloth. - Chaucer
  6. (countable) Any very small distance, or degree; a hairbreadth.
    Just a little louder please - turn that knob a hair to the right.

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