fuzz

Fuzz is a downy or hair patch of fibers. Most kids love to blow the fuzz off of a dandelion.

The furry growth on your cactus plant is fuzz, and so is your sister's frizzy hair and your cousin's patchy attempt at sideburns. You can also call an unfocused, blurry image fuzz: "I was so tired that there was fuzz at the edges of my vision." Informally, some people refer to police officers as fuzz too, a usage that dates from 1920s US gangster slang.

Definitions of fuzz
  1. noun
    filamentous hairlike growth on a plant
    “peach fuzz
    synonyms: hair, tomentum
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    types:
    stinging hair
    a multicellular hair in plants like the stinging nettle that expels an irritating fluid
    beard
    a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses
    awn
    slender bristlelike appendage found on the bracts of grasses
    type of:
    enation, plant process
    a natural projection or outgrowth from a plant body or organ
  2. noun
    a hazy or indistinct representation
    synonyms: blur
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    type of:
    internal representation, mental representation, representation
    a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
  3. noun
    the first beard of an adolescent boy
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    type of:
    beard, face fungus, whiskers
    the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
  4. noun
    uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
    synonyms: bull, cop, copper, pig
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    type of:
    officer, police officer, policeman
    a member of a police force
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