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small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions in some people
a feeling of anger and animosity
"having one's hackles or dander up"
Passion, temper, anger. Usually preceded by "have" or "get" and followed by "up".
To wander about.
To maunder, to talk incoherently.
Etymology: Alteration of dandruff
Dander is material shed from the body of humans and other animals that have fur, hair, or feathers. The term is similar to dandruff, when an excess of flakes becomes visible. Skin flakes that come off the main body of an animal are dander, while the flakes of skin called dandruff come from the scalp and are composed of epithelial skin cells. The surface layer of mammalian skin is called the stratum corneum, which is shed as part of normal skin replacement. Dander is microscopic, and can be transported through the air in house dust, where it forms the diet of the dust mites. Through the air, dander can enter the mucous membranes in the nose and lungs, causing allergies in susceptible individuals, largely through the mechanism of allergy to proteins in the bodies of the dust mites that live on dander. Dander builds up in carpets and in mattresses and pillows, so smooth surfaces predispose to an environment where levels of dander can be controlled more easily. More pet dander is sloughed off in older animals than in younger animals. Dander build up can be a cause of allergies, such as allergic rhinitis, in humans. Dr. Paivi Salo, an allergy expert at the National Institute of Health, states that "airborne allergies affect approximately 10-30% of adults and 40% of children." Damp dusting and vacuum cleaners with sealed bodies and fitted with HEPA filters reduce re-distribution of the dander dust, with associated dust mites, into the air. An older etymology has it that dander is a dialect synonym of dandruff, possibly from Yorkshire in England.
dandruff or scurf on the head
anger or vexation; rage
to wander about; to saunter; to talk incoherently
Etymology: [See Dandle.]
Dander is an informal term for a material shed from the body of various animals, similar to dandruff. It is composed of skin cells. It is a cause of allergies in humans. Older etymology has it that dander is a rare synonym of dandruff. In the idiom of "getting dander up" the colloquial meaning, anger, is probably unrelated to the above usage. Pet dander is generally worse in older animals than in younger animals, as older animals slough off more skin cells than younger animals. Dander is microscopic, and can be transported through the air. Through the air, dander can enter the mucous membranes in the lungs, causing allergies to some individuals.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
dan′dėr, Daunder, dawn′dėr, v.i. (Scot.) to walk leisurely or idly. [Akin to dandle.]
n. a form of Dandruff (vulg.), anger: passion.—Raise a person's dander, to put him in a temper.
n. (Scot.) furnace cinders. [Ety. dub.]
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The numerical value of dander in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of dander in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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