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vibrissa

noun vi·bris·sa \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
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Origin of VIBRISSA

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

Rhymes with VIBRISSA

Medical Dictionary

vibrissa

noun vi·bris·sa \vī-ˈbris-ə, və-\
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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