hoary

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Hoary \Hoar"y\, adjective

1. White or whitish. "The hoary willows." --Addison.

2. White or gray with age; hoar; as, hoary hairs.

Reverence the hoary head. --Dr. T. Dwight.

3. Hence, remote in time past; as, hoary antiquity.

4. Moldy; mossy; musty. [Obs.] --Knolles.

5. (Zool.) Of a pale silvery gray.

6. (Bot.) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent.

{Hoary bat} (Zool.), an American bat ({Atalapha cinerea}), having the hair yellowish, or brown, tipped with white.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

hoary

adjective

1: showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge; "nodded his hoary head" [syn: {grey}, {gray}, {grey- haired}, {gray-haired}, {grey-headed}, {gray-headed}, {grizzly}, {hoar}, {hoary}, {white-haired}]

2: ancient; "hoary jokes" [syn: {hoary}, {rusty}]

3: covered with fine whitish hairs or down [syn: {canescent}, {hoary}]


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