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mane

Use the noun mane when you talk about an animal's ruff of neck hair. A male lion's mane can be very fluffy and dramatic.

A mane is a patch or growth of long hair, whether it's found on a lion or down the neck of a pony, or even on a human's head. You might stroke a horse's mane while sitting on its back, or you could compliment your friend on her beautiful mane of long blonde hair. The Old English root is manu, which comes from a Proto-Indo-European root, mon, which means "neck" or "nape of the neck."

Definitions of mane
  1. noun
    long coarse hair growing from the crest of the animal's neck
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    types:
    encolure
    the mane of a horse
    type of:
    hair
    a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
  2. noun
    growth of hair covering the scalp of a human being
    synonyms: head of hair
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    type of:
    hair
    a covering for the body (or parts of it) consisting of a dense growth of threadlike structures (as on the human head); helps to prevent heat loss
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