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  • adj. Pertaining to the hair.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the hair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Belonging to hair.


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From Latin crinis ‘hair’.


  • I noticed a fashion of crinal decoration quite new to me.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • The crinal hair is hard and wiry, growing, like that of a half-caste

    First footsteps in East Africa

  • The crinal hair is frequently lightened by bleaching, and the pilar is browner than the crinal.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • The reputed beauty and the prodigious length and weight of the hair of Absalom, the son of David, as recorded in the sacred text, would be sufficient to startle the most enthusiastic modern dandy that cultivates the crinal ornament of his person.

    The Ladies Book of Useful Information Compiled from many sources

  • He plunged in, time after time, to fetch out my in-thrown stick, with a frisky bound; emerging after the performance with ice-pendants to his glossy, silken ears and coat smartly curled, as if he had just paid a visit to Truefitt's, and been manipulated by the dexterous hands of one of the assistants at that celebrated establishment, armed with the crinal tongs and anybody's best macassar.

    She and I, Volume 1

  • The Lacedæmonians used always to comb their hair before entering battle, and if their crinal adjustment caused them a tithe the irritation mine did me, we may cease to wonder at their reckless courage and desperate conduct.

    Sea-Gift. A Novel.

  • The crinal hair is hard and wiry, growing, like that of a half-caste West Indian, in stiff ringlets which sprout in tufts from the scalp, and, attaining a moderate length, which they rarely surpass, bang down.

    First Footsteps in East Africa


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  • JM has encountered a crinal Brazilian!

    March 10, 2010