Vi*bris"sa (?), n.; pl. Vibrissae (#). [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. Zool.

The bristlelike feathers near the mouth of many birds.

 

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