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Is there a word that connotes multiple strands of hair?

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If hair is the conversation piece....what is wrong with "strands"? –  Aaron McIver Mar 3 '11 at 15:08

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That's usually referred to as a lock of hair. Multiple locks are tresses.

Edit: (Actually, tress is also a synonym for lock.) But one seldom hears tress in its singular form, whereas lock is familiar in either case.

a. A length or curl of hair; a tress.

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Yes, I thought about lock, but what about hair that is long and straight? –  The English Chicken Mar 3 '11 at 14:47
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@Jen: locks don't have to be curly. –  Robusto Mar 3 '11 at 14:52
    
I don't hear lock and think multiple strands of hair; I envision a "bunch" of hair. –  Aaron McIver Mar 3 '11 at 15:07
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@Aaron: Now you're splitting hairs. :) –  Robusto Mar 3 '11 at 15:10

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