facial hair

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Etymology[edit]

facial (of or on the face, adjective) + hair (pigmented keratinaceous growth, noun)

Noun[edit]

facial hair (uncountable)

  1. Hair on the face of a human or animal, such as the eyebrows of a man or woman or the androgenic hair (beard or moustache) of a man.
    • 1995 October 26, “Accent on Women's Art Latinas at two...”, The Denver Post:
      Her dark, arched eyebrows and soft facial hair complement the membranous leaves behind her.
    • 2000, Daniel McNeill, The Face: A Natural History, page 198:
      The Mbaya of the Amazon remove all facial hair, including eyelashes and eyebrows, and sneer at full-browed whites as "ostrich-brothers".
    • 2004, Mark Busby, The Southwest[1], page 152:
      Some tribes also practiced nose piercing, and men typically removed their eyelashes, eyebrows and facial hair through plucking.
    • 2012, Margo DeMello, Faces Around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face, page 134:
      Because women naturally do not have a great deal of hair on their faces, it is considered a sign of femininity to have as little facial hair (except for eyebrows and eyelashes) as possible

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