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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 25th April 2018
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hirsute (adjective) HER-suut or her-SUUT

Hairy, covered with stiff hairs (botany).

For the shorn hairs on the head of every initiate, and on any other hirsute parts of their bodies, prickled and stood on end, as though an electrifying ghost briefly shared their body-space with them.

Ian Watson, Space Marine (Warhammer 40,000). Amazon

He was good-looking but of the rough, hirsute kind.

Trevor Barnes, A Midsummer Killing. Amazon

We could perhaps have done with less about remote hirsute aunts, the schooldays of his army chums, and Amis pere's habit of pinching girls' bottoms at the Colman's mustard factory (something genetic there?).

John McDermott, The Observer, 19 November 2006. Observer
reviewing Zachary Leader's The Life of Kingsley Amis. Amazon

Garden-grown peaches tend to be so hirsute they need peeling before eating.

Ursula Buchan, Telegraph, 3 February 2005. Telegraph

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