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  1. beard, face fungus, whiskersnoun

    the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face


  1. Whiskers

    Vibrissae (; singular: vibrissa; ), more generally called Whiskers, are a type of stiff, functional hair used by mammals to sense their environment. These hairs are finely specialised for this purpose, whereas other types of hair are coarser as tactile sensors. Although whiskers are specifically those found around the face, vibrissae are known to grow in clusters at various places around the body. Most mammals have them, including all non-human primates and especially nocturnal mammals. Whiskers are sensitive tactile hairs that aid navigation, locomotion, exploration, hunting, social touch and perform other functions.This article is primarily about the specialised sensing hairs of mammals, but some birds, fish, insects, crustaceans and other arthropods are known to have similar structures also used to sense the environment.


  1. whiskers

    Whiskers generally refer to long, slender, sensitive hairs commonly found near the mouth or nose area of many mammals, including cats, dogs, and rodents. These tactile sensory organs or vibrissae help these animals to detect changes in their environment. In broader contexts like statistics, 'whiskers' refer to the lines extending from a box in a box-and-whisker plot, indicating variability outside the upper and lower quartiles. In technology or machines, 'whiskers' can refer to thin, hair-like projections. The specific definition depends on the context in which the term 'whiskers' is being used.


  1. Whiskers

    Vibrissae, or whiskers, are a type of mammalian hair that are typically characterised, anatomically, by their large size and large and well-innervated hair follicle. Functionally, they are generally understood to be specialised for tactile sensing. Vibrissae grow in various places on most mammals, including all primates except humans. In medicine, the term vibrissae also refers to the thick hairs found inside human nostrils.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. whiskers

    Two booms, half-yards, or iron spars projecting on each side before the cat-heads; they are for spreading the guys of the jib-boom, instead of having a spritsail-yard across. In many vessels the sprit-sail (then termed spread-yard) is lashed across the forecastle so as to rest before the cat-heads on the gunwale, and the guys rove through holes bored in it, and set up in the fore-channels.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whiskers in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whiskers in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of whiskers in a Sentence

  1. Courtesy Patricia Kelvin:

    If he had some major medical concern, there are a lot of things I would give up so he would get care, there’s just no question in my mind. If my diet was going to be more beans than something else, I would n’t hesitate. If I had to sell my sterling silver, which I’ve had for 60 years, that would go before my little ‘ Whiskers ’ would be deprived.

  2. Francis M. Faber Jr.:

    Hayward Beach asserted that Alexander the Great designed and named an instrument to preen the fur and whiskers of his 'camp-felines', the 'catacomb':

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