Etymology
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matted (adj.)

"tangled and lying flat" (of hair, vegetation, fibers, etc.), 1610s, past-participle adjective from mat (v.).

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Definitions of matted

matted (adj.)
tangled in a dense mass;
tried to push through the matted undergrowth
matted (adj.)
not reflecting light; not glossy;
Synonyms: flat / mat / matt / matte
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