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bristle

(brĭs′əl)
n.
1. A stiff hair.
2. A stiff hairlike structure: the bristles of a wire brush.
v. bris·tled, bris·tling, bris·tles
v.intr.
To stand stiffly on end like bristles: The hair on the dog's neck bristled.
v.tr.
1. To cause to stand erect like bristles; stiffen.
2. To furnish or supply with bristles.

bristle

Dermatology
noun Stiff, strong hair.

Vox populi
verb To react angrily as a situation; seethe.

bris·tle

(brisĕl)
Traditionally, individual short, stiff, natural hair of an animal taken from domestic swine or wild boars, but today most toothbrush bristles are made of nylon and thus are more properly called filaments.

bristle

1. the thick strong animal fibers collected at commercial abattoirs for use in brushes.
2. the sharp serrated awns of grass and some cereal seeds that confer a capacity to penetrate normal skin and mucosa and to cause ulcerative stomatitis, grass seed abscess and the like.
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Fore coxa with 2 black bristles at lower edge; sides of mid and hind coxae with yellowish-brown bristly hairs.
The objectives of this research were (i) to assess the allelopathic potential of three rye populations, six triticale cultivars, and two barley cultivars and (ii) to determine, under field conditions in northern Greece, the cover crop effect on corn development and on emergence and biomass of two annual grass weeds, barnyardgrass and bristly foxtail.
Bristly police lieutenant Eve Dallas, also a survivor, reluctantly develops a relationship with Nixie (the only witness) as she investigates the case.
Jimmy could be bristly, and he could have treated freelancers better.
Tryk's cast includes Tony Rust as George, the widower who fears he will never love again; Dale Flynn as Leo, a theatrical press agent who keeps setting his older brother up with unwanted and unsuitable dates; Jamar Burke as Jenny, a bristly divorcee who just might be the right one; and Erica Jean as Faye, a neurotic married woman who is Jenny's best friend.
Step 2: High speed bristly motion liquifies the toothpaste and drives cleaning ingredients deep between teeth and along the gum line.
Flipping her skirt around--watch her do it in the film version of Sweet Charity, and you can imagine her Anita--and crowing in that bristly voice about how much she liked to be in Amer-ee-ca, Rivera established herself as the go-to girl for Latin spitfires.
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Mike's] language," O'Brien argues, "a stylized dialect which resembles a hardboiled brand of bar talk, bristly with obscenities and technical jargon (more precisely, with obscenities as technical jargon), yet made odd by allusions to Homer and The Sorrows of Young Werther, interpolated Latinisms," and arcane vocabulary.
In many of the 30 islands so far studied, including a remote island off Mozambique, Livingston Island in the Shetlands and Signy Island, a British outpost in Antarctica, plastics have provided convenient rafts for a whole range of species including barnacles and bryozoans, hydroids, molluscs and polychaete or bristly worms.