Vibrissa meaning

vī-brĭsə, və-
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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.
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One of several long modified feathers located at the sides of the mouth of insect-eating birds.
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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.
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Any of the bristlelike feathers growing near the mouth of certain insect-eating birds, as the whippoorwill.
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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.
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One of several long modified feathers located at the sides of the mouth of insect-eating birds.
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Any of the long, stiff, bristlelike hairs that project from the snout or brow of most mammals, as the whiskers of a cat or rat. Vibrissae often serve as tactile organs, especially in nocturnal animals and marine mammals such as seals and manatees.
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Any of several long modified feathers that grow along the sides of the beak of certain birds and help trap insects caught in flight.
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Any of the tactile whiskers on the nose of an animal such as a cat.
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Any similar feather near the mouth of some birds.
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Origin of vibrissa

  • From Late Latin vibrissae nostril hairs from vibrāre to vibrate vibrate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition