Is there a word for hair on the legs or hands?

Can we say legs hair or hands hair, or do we use another word?

  • There's no term for hair on any part including head/scalp. You have to make it a two-word-noun phrase. Scalp hair, leg hair, arm hair, facial hair and so on. – Maulik V May 9 '14 at 5:10

Either use a noun adjunct: leg hair / arm hair

or use a possessive: leg's hair / arm's hair (ie. the hair belonging to arm/leg, stressing the leg/arm as owners)

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    "Leg hair" and "arm hair" are correct, but the possessive doesn't sit right with me. I don't think anyone would ever say that. – WendiKidd May 7 '14 at 18:34
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    I shaved off my left leg's hair. I singed most of my right arm's hair. Why not? – BobRodes May 7 '14 at 18:43
  • Even in such context, while the possessives seem more appropriate, the more common way I would hear such sentences phrased would be "I shaved my left leg", "I shaved the hair off my left leg", "I singed most of the hair on my right arm" (NE US). – Pockets May 31 '14 at 15:42

You may say: hairy hands and hairy legs to refer to the hair that cover hands and legs.

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    Wouldn't actually refer to the hands and legs that are covered in hair? I mean, a hairy face refers to the face, whereas a beard refers to the hair. One implies the other, of course :) – oerkelens May 7 '14 at 12:17
  • It refers to the hair that you naturally have on your body. – user5267 May 7 '14 at 12:18
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    Sorry, but hairy is an adjective, modifying the noun hands. So you are talking about the hands, saying they are hairy, not about the hair, saying it's on the hand. By the way, what would be hair you do not have naturally on your body, short from implants and costumes stuff? – oerkelens May 7 '14 at 12:20
  • I am just giving my answer to OP. I thinks OP is asking a way to describe hands and legs covered with hair. – user5267 May 7 '14 at 12:22
  • Possibly. But then I would advise the asker to rephrase the question, because the question is now about the hair, not about the arms and legs. You may well be right in interpreting the question like this, I don;t know. My only point was that the question as it stands looks for a word for "hair covering the face" => beard and you answer with hairy face. But indeed, yuo may have read the OP's mind better than I did :) – oerkelens May 7 '14 at 12:26

Hirsute. Conveys general hairiness so you'd have to include other body parts

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