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hoary
used in Oryx and Crake

2 uses
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Definition
old-fashioned

or more rarely:  appearing old

even more rarely:  covered with fine whitish hairs or down
  • He memorized these hoary locutions, tossed them left-handed into conversation: wheelwright lodestone, saturnine, adamant.
    p. 195.7
  • Once in a while he'd come out with some hoary maxim, served up with a wry irony that did nothing to reduce the boredom quotient; or else he'd say, "I coulda been a contender," then glare meaningfully at the class as if there was some deeper-than-deep point they were all supposed to get.
    p. 41.9

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