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bristle

any short stiff hair of an animal or plant

Bristle

 

the hair of domestic and wild hogs. Bristle consists of a broad base and a shaft, the upper part of which is separated into brushes, or flags. Histologically it is made up of squamous and cortical layers and a medulla. Bristle is similar to wool in chemical composition. Rigid and resilient, bristle has high tensile strength.

There are three basic sources of bristle. It may be obtained from leather factories after the processing of hog hides or from meat-packing plants after the scalding of carcasses. Bristle may also be obtained by combing the animals during the shedding period or by pulling. One hide yields 80 to 160 g of bristle. The amount and quality of bristles depend on the hog’s breed, age, and sex, as well as on the growing region, the season of slaughtering, and the means of collection. Bristle is used for the manufacture of brushes for cleaning and painting.

bristle

[′bris·əl]
(biology)
A short stiff hair or hairlike structure on an animal or plant.
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Legs lighter colored, "knees" yellowish, bristly hairs on legs absent except for single anterior bristly hair on base of mid femur and preapical circlets on tibiae.
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describes the elegant solutions that nature has devised, not only for untangling two twisted strands of DNA for replication, to make sure each progeny has one and only one whole strand of its parent, but also for keeping many bristly nucleic acids from getting so tangled that the cellular equivalent of a crewcut is required.
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1 : a hoofed stout-bodied animal with a short tail and legs, thick bristly skin, and a long flattened snout
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He'd unsnap the clasp and reverently take out an assortment that included a bristly little mustache brush, a wedding ring, and the centerpiece--an engraved pocket watch with a cameo fob.
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