vibrissa


vi·bris·sa

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

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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