hoary

Part of speech: noun

Hoariness.

Part of speech: adjective

White, as from age; ancient.

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Usage examples "hoary":

  1. Above us, rising ridge beyond ridge, slope beyond slope, spread the mountainous moor- country, bare and bleak for the most part, with here and there a patch of cultivated field or hardy plantation, and crowned highest of all with masses of huge grey crag, abrupt, isolated, hoary, and older than the deluge. - "Mugby Junction", Charles Dickens.
  2. Among the many natives collected on the beach to bid me welcome and draw my canoe up over the sand, I noticed an old man of average size, remarkably developed chest, and whose hairs, apparently once flaxen, were hoary with age. - "Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands", Charles Nordhoff.
  3. The astronomer- priests of the hoary past, when language was figurative, and often pictorial, had recourse to a system of symbols to express abstract truths and ideas. - "The-Light-of-Egypt-or-the-science-of-the-soul-and-the-stars-Volume-2", Burgoyne, Thomas H..