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 for hoary
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hoary \Hoar"y\, a.
     1. White or whitish. "The hoary willows." --Addison.
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     2. White or gray with age; hoar; as, hoary hairs.
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              Reverence the hoary head.             --Dr. T.
                                                    Dwight.
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     3. Hence, remote in time past; as, hoary antiquity.
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     4. Moldy; mossy; musty. [Obs.] --Knolles.
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     5. (Zool.) Of a pale silvery gray.
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     6. (Bot.) Covered with short, dense, grayish white hairs;
        canescent.
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     Hoary+bat+(Zool.),+an+American+bat+({Atalapha+cinerea">Hoary bat (Zool.), an American bat ({Atalapha cinerea),
        having the hair yellowish, or brown, tipped with white.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  hoary
      adj 1: showing characteristics of age, especially having grey or
             white hair; "whose beard with age is hoar"-Coleridge;
             "nodded his hoary head" [syn: grey, gray, grey-
             haired, gray-haired, grey-headed, gray-headed,
             grizzly, hoar, hoary, white-haired]
      2: ancient; "hoary jokes" [syn: hoary, rusty]
      3: covered with fine whitish hairs or down [syn: canescent,
         hoary]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  109 Moby Thesaurus words for "hoary":
     acknowledged, admitted, advanced, advanced in life,
     advanced in years, age-old, aged, ageless, along in years, ancient,
     antediluvian, antique, argent, argentine, auld, canescent, chalky,
     conventional, cretaceous, customary, dateless, elderly,
     established, fixed, fleecy-white, folk, frost-beaded,
     frost-chequered, frost-covered, frost-fettered, frost-rent,
     frostbound, frosted, frostlike, frosty, frosty-faced, gray,
     gray with age, gray-haired, gray-headed, grizzled, grizzly,
     grown old, hallowed, handed down, heroic, hoar, hoar-frosted,
     hoaryheaded, immemorial, inveterate, lactescent, legendary,
     lily-white, long-established, long-standing, marble, marmoreal,
     milky, mythological, niveous, of long standing, of old,
     of the folk, of yore, old, old as Methuselah, old as history,
     old as time, old-time, olden, oral, patriarchal, platinum,
     prescriptive, pure white, received, recognized, rime-frosted,
     rimed, rooted, senectuous, silver, silver-bearded, silver-headed,
     silvered, silvery, snow-white, snowy, swan-white, time-honored,
     timeless, timeworn, traditional, tried and true, true-blue,
     understood, unwritten, venerable, white, white as snow,
     white with age, white-bearded, white-crowned, white-haired,
     worshipful, wrinkled, wrinkly, years old
  
  

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