- any of the stiff hairs growing in or near the nostrils of certain animals and often serving as organs of touch, as a cat's whiskers
- any of the bristlelike feathers growing near the mouth of certain insect-eating birds, as the whippoorwill
Origin of vibrissaModern Latin ; from Classical Latin vibrissae, plural , akin to vibrare, to vibrate
- Any of the long stiff hairs that are located chiefly on the muzzle of most mammals and that function as tactile organs, as the whiskers of a cat.
- One of several long modified feathers located at the sides of the mouth of insect-eating birds.
Origin of vibrissaFrom Late Latin vibrissae, nostril hairs, from vibrare, to vibrate; see vibrate.