hoary

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hoar +‎ -y.

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hoary ‎(comparative hoarier, superlative hoariest)

  1. White or gray with age.
    The old man bowed his hoary head in acquiescence.
  2. (zoology) Of a pale silvery gray.
  3. (botany) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent.
  4. (obsolete) Remote in time past.
  5. (obsolete) Moldy; mossy; musty.
  6. Old or old-fashioned.
    • 2012 June 3, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992)”[1]:
      In its God-like prime, The Simpsons attacked well-worn satirical fodder from unexpected angles, finding fresh laughs in the hoariest of subjects.

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