|part of speech:
||whitish or grayish, esp. when associated with age.
The old woman tied a scarf over her hoary head.
||covered with a soft whitish or grayish down.
The child felt the hoary stems and leaves of the plant.
||of great age; ancient.
The ritual is part of a hoary tradition.
||elderly, longstanding, old
||hoarily (adv.), hoariness (n.)