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guard hair

n.
Any of the long coarse hairs forming a layer that covers and protects the soft underfur of certain mammals.
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Few or no creamy-white guard hairs on the back, base of the ear area mainly rufous-brown (or grey-brown occasionally), back of the front and hind feet brown black, with a rufous-brown shade on the back of the front feet, tail not as black as that of P.
Moreover, it may be that species with especially fine hairs would also be susceptible to change (since the fine body hairs of chipmunks changed more than the guard hairs).
The bundle most often consists of a long and stiff guard hair and several under hairs with a finer texture.
An alternative explanation is transfer of the larvae directly from the guard hairs of the caribou to the human eye or skin through close contact with animal pelts.
The coarse guard hairs and the finer hairs closer to the body are both curled.
Each hair sample was classified as Category 1 or 2, which represented the number of guard hairs with follicles collected.
Grooming by hand to take away the long guard hairs on a short haired variety is essential and then they receive a final bath with baby shampoo."
In the fall, their short, light coats shed as they grow a thick, warm undercoat and long, weather-resistant guard hairs to prepare them for winter.
Right on schedule, the first few guard hairs pulled loose, rose through a shaft of window light, and settled toward the barn floor.
They grew to about the size of present-day Asiatic elephants, boasted warm coats made of long, brown guard hairs and soft underwool and had large, curved ivory tusks.
The outermost three-quarters of the creature's tail, like that of today's beaver, was covered with leathery scales and some guard hairs. Many of the tail vertebrae are shaped like those of beavers and otters, which use their tails to move through water.