Definitions for vibrissavaɪˈbrɪs ə; -ˈbrɪs i

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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

  3. Origin: [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.]

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