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hackles

the hairs over the neck and back that are elevated by arrector pili muscles in response to fright or anger. A mechanism to threaten opponents, perhaps by appearing larger.

hackles feathers
the feathers of the dorsal cervical tract of the domestic fowl that cover the dorsal and lateral parts of the neck. In the rooster they are often large and colorful and are erected as a sign of aggression.
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told me that he raises roosters to produce grizzly, brown and white hackles for tying the traditional Catskill fly colors.
I'm not a trendsetter, I'm not a hair fashion designer, I'm a chicken farmer," said Keough, who raises about 25,000 roosters with the desired hackles.
But Army chiefs now want them all to wear a purple hackle in a bid to promote unity.
Indeed, there is very little here that would raise the hackles of the dominant majority in today's USA.
In the UK, where Wallinger's track record is better known and the more obviously politicized foundations (circa '80s to early '90s) of his recent work are assumed, Buchloh's summary condemnation must have raised as many hackles as eyebrows.
Your fly box should contain these hackles as well as the Coachman and the Professor.
But the XJR didn't seem to raise too many hackles along my humble routes.
The report raises the hackles of some zoo professionals.
A recent accounting change involving shareholders' interest has raised the hackles of private companies and threatens to put them at a competitive disadvantage with their public rivals--though the immediate threat of the change has been removed.
Ohio Governor Taft's anticipated proposal to increase the state beer tax has raised hackles at Miller Brewing Co.
Poggio's work raised hackles in Ferrara, where the cult of Caesar was particularly strong.
However, the town's diversification strategy has raised the hackles of environmental activists in the Timiskaming district who battled Temagami logging, the Adams Mine landfill and now the town's proposed hazardous waste incinerator by Bennett Environmental Inc.