Meaning of vibrissa

vi•bris•sa

Pronunciation: (vī-bris'u), [key]
— pl. -bris•sae
  1. one of the stiff, bristly hairs growing about the mouth of certain animals, as a whisker of a cat.
  2. one of the long, slender, bristlelike feathers growing along the side of the mouth in many birds.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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