vibrissa


vi·bris·sa

noun \vī-ˈbri-sə, və-\
plural vi·bris·sae \vī-ˈbri-(ˌ)sē; və-ˈbri-(ˌ)sē, -ˌsī\

Definition of VIBRISSA

1
:  one of the stiff hairs that are located especially about the nostrils or on other parts of the face in many mammals and that often serve as tactile organs
2
:  one of the bristly feathers near the mouth of many and especially insectivorous birds that may help to prevent the escape of insects

Origin of VIBRISSA

Medieval Latin, from Latin vibrare
First Known Use: circa 1693

Rhymes with VIBRISSA

vi·bris·sa

noun \vī-ˈbris-ə, və-\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural vi·bris·sae \vī-ˈbris-(ˌ)ē; və-ˈbris-(ˌ)ē, -ī\

Medical Definition of VIBRISSA

1
: any of the stiff hairs that are located especially about the nostrils or on other parts of the face in many mammals and that often serve as tactile organs
2
: any of the stiff hairs growing within the nostrils that serve to impede the inhalation of foreign substances
vi·bris·sal \-əl\ adjective

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