Definition of Hoary

1. Adjective. Showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair. "Nodded his hoary head"




2. Adjective. Ancient. "Hoary jokes"
Exact synonyms: Rusty
Similar to: Old

3. Adjective. Covered with fine whitish hairs or down.
Exact synonyms: Canescent
Category relationships: Biological Science, Biology
Similar to: Haired, Hairy, Hirsute

Definition of Hoary

1. a. White or whitish.

Definition of Hoary

1. Adjective. white or gray with age ¹

2. Adjective. (zoology) of a pale silvery gray. ¹

3. Adjective. (botany) covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs; canescent ¹

4. Adjective. (obsolete) remote in time past ¹

5. Adjective. (obsolete) moldy; mossy; musty ¹

6. Adjective. old, or old-fashioned ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Hoary

1. white with age [adj HOARIER, HOARIEST]

Medical Definition of Hoary

1. Covered with a greyish layer of very short, closely interwoven hairs. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hoary

hoarinesses
hoaring
hoars
hoarse
hoarsely
hoarsen
hoarsened
hoarseness
hoarsenesses
hoarsening
hoarsens
hoarser
hoarsest
hoarstone
hoarstones
hoary (current term)
hoary alison
hoary alyssum
hoary golden bush
hoary marmot
hoary marmots
hoary pea
hoary plantain
hoary puccoon
hoary willow
hoas
hoast
hoasted
hoasting
hoastman

Literary usage of Hoary

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1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1903)
"(Table I.) From Table I it appears that when the hoary forms are employed as seed-parent, the hoary character is, except in one union (Experiment 10), ..."

2. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"By a river hoarsely roaring S, Ravin» winds t hoary. The hoary cliffs are crown'd wi' flowers, The Brigs of Ayr. j, Rave to my darkly dashing stream. ..."

3. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1876)
"I am able to record another occurrence of the hoary Redpoll ... On March 9, a hoary Redpoll alighted with two common Redpolls ..."

4. Botany by Geological Survey of California, William Henry Brewer, Sereno Watson, Asa Gray (1876)
"292, а shrubby and hoary bluish-flowered »pecies, ... (all Californian extending into the regions adjacent), hoary ; with rugose-veiny mostly ..."

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