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13:39 May 26, 2001
English to Spanish translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: hair
procured mortar, sand, and hair, with every possible precaution, I
prepared a plaster which could not be distinguished from the old... (E.Poe, The black cat) [what kind of "hair"?]

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napelo de animalxxxLia Fail
nala cringcaddy
nael cabello / los cabellos, el pelo / los pelossamsi
nacabellos (human), peloAlbert Golub



10 mins
cabellos (human), pelo

human or animal hair
good luck

Albert Golub
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40 mins
el cabello / los cabellos, el pelo / los pelos

hair = el cabello (Sing.) human
los cabellos (Pl.) human
el pelo (Sing.) human + animal
los pelos (Pl.) human + animal

hope this helps
nice regards

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la crin

I think it is normally horsehair that is added to the mixture, which would be 'crin' in Spanish, but I'm not 100%..

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5 hrs
pelo de animal


From the story
(available in
it is clear that the hair is neither that of a human or animal figuring in the story. So it was a question of checking whether 'hair' has ever been used to make mortar.

Confirmed in this text:

Mortar consisting primarily of lime and sand has been used ..... a ratio of 1 part lime putty to 3 parts sand by volume. Often other ingredients, such as crushed marine shells (another source of lime), brick dust, clay, natural cements, pigments, and *********even animal hair were also added to mortar***************+, but the basic formulation for .......

So the answer is animal hair, which acts to 'bind' the mixture. Straw, used a lot in making adobe-type houses, for example, also 'binds'.

See this page on animal hair in mortar: hair mortar &btnG=Bsq...

Absolutely none of them specify which kind of animal, but I imagine it was any convenient farm animal.

xxxLia Fail
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