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Meaning of VIBRISSA

Pronunciation:  vI'brisu

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a cat
 

VIBRISSA is a 8 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Synonyms: sensory hair, whisker
 
 See Also: hair

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Vi*bris"sa\, n.; pl. {Vibriss[ae]}. [L. vibrissae,
pl., the hairs in the nostrils of man, fr. vibrare to
vibrate; -- so called because touching them tickles a person,
and causes him to shake his head.]
1. (Anat.) One of the specialized or tactile hairs which grow
   about the nostrils, or on other parts of the face, in many
   animals, as the so-called whiskers of the cat, and the
   hairs of the nostrils of man.

2. (Zo["o]l.) The bristlelike feathers near the mouth of many
   birds.

 

 

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