Definitions for vibrissavaɪˈbrɪs ə; -ˈbrɪs i
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vi•bris•savaɪˈbrɪs ə; -ˈbrɪs i(n.)(pl.)-bris•sae
one of the stiff hairs at the sides of the mouth in some animals, as a whisker of a cat.
one of the similar stiff feathers at the sides of the mouth in some insect-eating birds, as the whippoorwill.
Origin of vibrissa:
1685–95; < ML, der. of L vibrāre to shake
whisker, vibrissa, sensory hair(noun)
a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a cat
Any of the tactile whiskers on the nose of an animal such as a cat
Any similar feather near the mouth of some birds
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
the bristlelike feathers near the mouth of many birds