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baldness


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Baldness  \Bald"ness\,  n. 
  The  state  or  condition  of  being  bald;  as  baldness  of  the 
  head;  baldness  of  style. 
 
  This  gives  to  their  syntax  a  peculiar  character  of 
  simplicity  and  baldness.  --W.  D. 
  Whitney. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  baldness 
  n  :  the  condition  of  having  no  hair  (especially  on  the  top  of 
  the  head)  [syn:  {hairlessness},  {phalacrosis}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Baldness 
  from  natural  causes  was  uncommon  (2  Kings  2:23;  Isa.  3:24).  It 
  was  included  apparently  under  scab"  and  "scurf,"  which 
  disqualified  for  the  priesthood  (Lev.  21:20).  The  Egyptians  were 
  rarely  subject  to  it  This  probably  arose  from  their  custom  of 
  constantly  shaving  the  head,  only  allowing  the  hair  to  grow  as  a 
  sign  of  mourning.  With  the  Jews  artificial  baldness  was  a  sign 
  of  mourning  (Isa.  22:12;  Jer.  7:29;  16:6);  it  also  marked  the 
  conclusion  of  a  Nazarite's  vow  (Acts  18:18;  21:24;  Num.  6:9).  It 
  is  often  alluded  to  (Micah  1:16;  Amos  8:10;  Jer.  47:5).  The  Jews 
  were  forbidden  to  follow  the  customs  of  surrounding  nations  in 
  making  themselves  bald  (Deut.  14:1). 
 




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