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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Hoary.
  • n. Hoarfrost.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A white or greyish-white colour.
  • adj. Of a white or greyish-white colour.
  • adj. Hoarily bearded.
  • v. To become mouldy or musty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. White, or grayish white.
  • adj. Gray or white with age; hoary.
  • adj. Musty; moldy; stale.
  • n. Hoariness; antiquity.
  • transitive v. To become moldy or musty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • White: as, hoar frost (see hoar-frost); hoar cliffs.
  • Gray, as with age; hoary: as, hoar locks.
  • Hence Old; ancient; antique.
  • Moldy; musty.
  • To become white or hoar.
  • To become moldy or musty.
  • To make white or hoary.
  • n. Hoariness; antiquity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or white hair
  • n. ice crystals forming a white deposit (especially on objects outside)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English hor, from Old English hār.

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From Middle English hore, from Old English hār ("hoar, hoary, grey, old"), from Proto-Germanic *hairaz (“grey”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱēy(w)-, *ḱyē(w)- (“grey”). Cognate with German hehr ("noble, sublime"), Latin caerulus, caeruleus ("deep blue, cerulean").

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