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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).
Additional recommended knowledge
The eyelashes of the embryo develop between the 7th and 8th week. Eyelashes will grow back if they fall out or get pulled out. Eyelashes take about seven to eight weeks to grow back. Their color may differ from that of the hair, although they tend to be dark on someone with dark hair and lighter on someone with light hair.
The follicles of eyelashes are associated with a number of glands known as the glands of Zeiss and the glands of Moll.
Long eyelashes are considered a sign of femininity in most if not all cultures. Accordingly, some women seek to enhance their eyelash length artificially to appear more feminine and sexually desirable. See also eyelash extensions.
Kohl has been worn as far back as the Bronze Age to protect and enhance lashes.
Complete eye makeup includes mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow to emphasize the eyes. The twentieth century saw the beginning of convincing-looking false eyelashes, popular in the 1960s.
There are a number of diseases or disorders involving the eyelashes:
Eyelash and eyebrow transplant surgeries may be help to reconstruct or thicken lashes or eyebrow hair.
Lashes, being hair, are found in mammals. Camels' lashes are remarkably long and thick, and giraffe's eyelashes are considered by some to be more beautiful than a human's. Horses, cows, and also ostriches, (vestigial feathers without barbs) feature eyelashes as well.
Inherited eyelash problems are common in some breeds of dogs.
Hornbills have prominent feather eyelashes, an uncommon feature in birds.
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