Pogonology vs. Beard - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Pogonology

    A beard is the collection of hair that grows on the chin, upper lip, cheeks and neck of humans and some non-human animals. In humans, usually only pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. However, women with hirsutism, a hormonal condition of excessive hairiness, may develop a beard. Throughout the course of history, societal attitudes toward male beards have varied widely depending on factors such as prevailing cultural-religious traditions and the current era's fashion trends. Some religions (such as Islam and Sikhism) have considered a full beard to be absolutely essential for all males able to grow one, and mandate it as part of their official dogma. Other cultures, even while not officially mandating it, view a beard as central to a man's virility, exemplifying such virtues as wisdom, strength, sexual prowess and high social status. However, in cultures where facial hair is uncommon (or currently out of fashion), beards may be associated with poor hygiene or a "savage," uncivilized, or even dangerous demeanor.

  • Beard

    A beard is the collection of hair that grows on the chin and cheeks of humans and some animals. In humans, usually only pubescent or adult males are able to grow beards. From an evolutionary viewpoint the beard is a part of the broader category of androgenic hair. It is a vestigial trait from a time when humans had hair on their face and entire body like the hair on gorillas. The evolutionary loss of hair is pronounced in some populations such as indigenous Americans and some east Asian populations, who have less facial hair, whereas people of European or South Asian ancestry and the Ainu have more facial hair. Societal attitudes toward male beards have varied widely depending on factors such as prevailing cultural-religious traditions and the current era's fashion trends. Some religions (such as Sikhism) have considered a full beard to be essential for all males able to grow one, and mandate it as part of their official dogma. Other cultures, even while not officially mandating it, view a beard as central to a man's virility, exemplifying such virtues as wisdom, strength, sexual prowess and high social status. However, in cultures where facial hair is uncommon (or currently out of fashion), beards may be associated with poor hygiene or a "savage", uncivilized, or even dangerous demeanor.

Wiktionary

  • Pogonology (noun)

    The study of beards.

  • Beard (noun)

    Facial hair on the chin, cheeks, jaw and neck.

  • Beard (noun)

    The cluster of small feathers at the base of the beak in some birds.

  • Beard (noun)

    The appendages to the jaw in some cetaceans, and to the mouth or jaws of some fishes.

  • Beard (noun)

    The byssus of certain shellfish.

  • Beard (noun)

    The gills of some bivalves, such as the oyster.

  • Beard (noun)

    In insects, the hairs of the palpi of moths and butterflies.

  • Beard (noun)

    Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn.

    "the beard of grain"

  • Beard (noun)

    A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.

  • Beard (noun)

    That part of the underside of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.

  • Beard (noun)

    That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.

  • Beard (noun)

    A fake customer or companion, especially a woman who accompanies a gay man in order to give the impression that he is heterosexual.

  • Beard (verb)

    To grow hair on the chin and jaw.

  • Beard (verb)

    To boldly and bravely oppose or confront, often to the chagrin of the one being bearded.

    "Robin Hood is always shown as bearding the Sheriff of Nottingham."

  • Beard (verb)

    To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.

  • Beard (verb)

    To deprive (an oyster or similar shellfish) of the gills.

Webster Dictionary

  • Beard (noun)

    The hair that grows on the chin, lips, and adjacent parts of the human face, chiefly of male adults.

  • Beard (noun)

    The long hairs about the face in animals, as in the goat.

  • Beard (noun)

    Long or stiff hairs on a plant; the awn; as, the beard of grain.

  • Beard (noun)

    A barb or sharp point of an arrow or other instrument, projecting backward to prevent the head from being easily drawn out.

  • Beard (noun)

    That part of the under side of a horse's lower jaw which is above the chin, and bears the curb of a bridle.

  • Beard (noun)

    That part of a type which is between the shoulder of the shank and the face.

  • Beard (noun)

    An imposition; a trick.

  • Beard

    To take by the beard; to seize, pluck, or pull the beard of (a man), in anger or contempt.

  • Beard

    To oppose to the face; to set at defiance.

  • Beard

    To deprive of the gills; - used only of oysters and similar shellfish.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Beard (noun)

    the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face

  • Beard (noun)

    a tuft or growth of hairs or bristles on certain plants such as iris or grasses

  • Beard (noun)

    a person who diverts suspicion from someone (especially a woman who accompanies a male homosexual in order to conceal his homosexuality)

  • Beard (noun)

    hairy growth on or near the face of certain mammals

  • Beard (noun)

    tuft of strong filaments by which e.g. a mussel makes itself fast to a fixed surface

  • Beard (verb)

    go along the rim, like a beard around the chin;

    "Houses bearded the top of the heights"

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