Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Hair Eels.

 Hair-breadth ’Scape.Hair-Splitting. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hair Eels.
These filiform worms belong to the species Gordius aquaticus, found in stagnant pools. Their resemblance to wriggling hairs has given rise to the not uncommon belief that a hair, if left in water for nine days, will turn into an eel.   1

 Hair-breadth ’Scape.Hair-Splitting. 

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