(Hair"-salt`) n. [A translation of G. haarsalz.] (Min.) A variety of native Epsom salt occurring
in silky fibers.
(Hair"split`ter) n. One who makes excessively nice or needless distinctions in reasoning; one
who quibbles. "The caviling hairsplitter." De Quincey.
(Hair"split`ting) a. Making excessively nice or trivial distinctions in reasoning; subtle. n.
The act or practice of making trivial distinctions.
The ancient hairsplitting technicalities of special pleading.Charles Sumner.
(Hair"spring`) n. (Horology) The slender recoil spring which regulates the motion of the
balance in a timepiece.
(Hair"streak`) n. A butterfly of the genus Thecla; as, the green hairstreak
(Hair"tail`) n. (Zoöl.) Any species of marine fishes of the genus Trichiurus; esp., T. lepturus of
Europe and America. They are long and like a band, with a slender, pointed tail. Called also bladefish.
(Hair" worm`) (Zoöl.) A nematoid worm of the genus Gordius, resembling a hair. See Gordius.
(Hair"y) a. Bearing or covered with hair; made of or resembling hair; rough with hair; hirsute.
His mantle hairy, and his bonnet sedge.Milton.
(Hai"ti*an) a. & n. See Haytian.
(Ha"je) n. [Ar. hayya snake.] (Zoöl.) The Egyptian asp or cobra (Naja haje.) It is related to the
cobra of India, and like the latter has the power of inflating its neck into a hood. Its bite is very venomous.
It is supposed to be the snake by means of whose bite Cleopatra committed suicide, and hence is sometimes
called Cleopatra's snake or asp. See Asp.
(Hake) n. [See Hatch a half door.] A drying shed, as for unburned tile.
(Hake), n. [Also haak.] [Akin to Norweg. hakefisk, lit., hook fish, Prov. E. hake hook, G. hecht
pike. See Hook.] (Zoöl.) One of several species of marine gadoid fishes, of the genera Phycis, Merlucius,
and allies. The common European hake is M. vulgaris; the American silver hake or whiting is M. bilinearis.
Two American species (Phycis chuss and P. tenius) are important food fishes, and are also valued for
their oil and sounds. Called also squirrel hake, and codling.
(Hake) v. i. To loiter; to sneak. [Prov. Eng.]
(Hake's"-dame`) n. See Forkbeard.
(Hak"e*ton) n. Same as Acton. [Obs.]
(||Ha*kim") n. [Ar. hakim.] A wise man; a physician, esp. a Mohammedan. [India]
(||Ha"kim) n. [Ar. hakim.] A Mohammedan title for a ruler; a judge. [India]
(Ha*la"cha) n.; pl. Halachoth (- koth). [Heb. halachah.] The general term for the Hebrew
oral or traditional law; one of two branches of exposition in the Midrash. See Midrash.
(Ha*la"tion) n. (Photog.) An appearance as of a halo of light, surrounding the edges of dark
objects in a photographic picture.