Definitions for vibrissavaɪˈbrɪs ə; -ˈbrɪs i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•bris•savaɪˈbrɪs ə; -ˈbrɪs i(n.)(pl.)-bris•sae

  1. one of the stiff hairs at the sides of the mouth in some animals, as a whisker of a cat.

    Category: Zoology

  2. one of the similar stiff feathers at the sides of the mouth in some insect-eating birds, as the whippoorwill.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of vibrissa:

1685–95; < ML, der. of L vibrāre to shake


Princeton's WordNet

  1. whisker, vibrissa, sensory hair(noun)

    a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a cat


  1. vibrissa(Noun)

    Any of the tactile whiskers on the nose of an animal such as a cat

  2. vibrissa(Noun)

    Any similar feather near the mouth of some birds

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vibrissa(noun)

    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. Vibrissa(noun)

    the bristlelike feathers near the mouth of many birds


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