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whisker

(wĭs′kər, hwĭs′-)
n.
1.
a. whiskers The hair on a man's cheeks and chin.
b. A single hair of a beard or mustache.
2. One of the long stiff tactile bristles or hairs that grow near the mouth and elsewhere on the head of most mammals; a vibrissa.

whisk′ered, whisk′er·y adj.
A component of a box plot representing data, which corresponds to a specified distance above or below a median; depending on the population being analysed, data points beyond whiskers are statistical outliers

whisker

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References in classic literature ?
Red Whisker would have got the guitar-case out of the carriage, but Dora told him nobody knew where it was, but I.
I was happier than ever when the party broke up, and the other people, defeated Red Whisker and all, went their several ways, and we went ours through the still evening and the dying light, with sweet scents rising up around us.
An' I suppose that's Whiskers, there, with the gay an' festive lamp tan-going into his eyebrow an' the God-forgive-us nose joy- riding all over his mug?
It'll do, it'll do," Whiskers muttered uncomfortably.
Here's some water for the mixin's," Whiskers said, proffering his tomato-can of river slush.
Simultaneously Slim reached for his quoit, and Whiskers and Fatty for their rocks.
My people came over with the Conqueror," Whiskers interrupted, extending his hand to Fatty's in acknowledgment of the introduction.
That's true enough," the gentleman with the gray whiskers chimed in, positively laughing with satisfaction.
His whiskers cut off, Noirtier gave another turn to his hair; took, instead of his black cravat, a colored neckerchief which lay at the top of an open portmanteau; put on, in lieu of his blue and high-buttoned frock-coat, a coat of Villefort's of dark brown, and cut away in front; tried on before the glass a narrow-brimmed hat of his son's, which appeared to fit him perfectly, and, leaving his cane in the corner where he had deposited it, he took up a small bamboo switch, cut the air with it once or twice, and walked about with that easy swagger which was one of his principal characteristics.
Villefort, pale and agitated, ran to the window, put aside the curtain, and saw him pass, cool and collected, by two or three ill-looking men at the corner of the street, who were there, perhaps, to arrest a man with black whiskers, and a blue frock-coat, and hat with broad brim.
The next morning the soldier with the green whiskers led the Lion to the great Throne Room and bade him enter the presence of Oz.
His first thought was that Oz had by accident caught on fire and was burning up; but when he tried to go nearer, the heat was so intense that it singed his whiskers, and he crept back tremblingly to a spot nearer the door.