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cowlick (n.)

also cow-lick, "tuft of hair out of position and natural direction," 1590s, from cow (n.) + lick (n.). Because it looks like a cow licked your head.

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Definitions of cowlick

cowlick (n.)
a tuft of hair that grows in a different direction from the rest of the hair and usually will not lie flat;
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