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An eyelash or simply lash is one of the hairs that grow at the edge of the eyelid. Eyelashes protect the eye from debris and perform some of the same function as whiskers do on a cat or a mouse in the sense that they are sensitive to being touched, thus providing a warning that an object (such as an insect or dust mite) is near the eye (which is then closed reflexively).

The Greek word for eyelash is "blepharis". This word is often used as a root in biological terms (Blepharis, Kathablepharis, etc.)


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