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whisker

1. any of the stiff sensory hairs growing on the face of a cat, rat, or other mammal
2. any light spar used for extending the clews of a sail, esp in light airs
3. Chem a very fine filamentary crystal having greater strength than the bulk material since it is a single crystal. Such crystals often show unusual electrical properties

whisker

[′wis·kər]
(crystallography)
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Gill-net mesh selectivity of dusky sharks (Carcharhinus obscurus) and whiskery sharks (Furgaleus macki) from south-western Australia.
Snyder has a writer's eye for significant detail, describing the moments following her baptism thus: "The rough whiskery kiss of Mrs.
As the illustrations show, a young girl is asking Pussycat to recount tales of his travels, which the pair re-enact by puppet show under the light of a whiskery moon.
They quickly learned the different fishing methods, when and where to catch certain fish (such as the blue nose and whiskery salmon that migrate up the coast during Barrgana, the cold season when stiff easterly winds blow from across the Great Sandy Desert), when to spear bindunj (stingrays) and to know their different types, and where and when to gather shellfish and other seafood that were foreign to these desert people.
Becoming hungry, she gets entrapped in a baited crab pot and is picked up by a whiskery fisherman, who tosses her back into the ocean.
The Tatling is now a whiskery teenager with pounds 680,000 in prize-money and 16 wins to his credit.
Even the most trivial acquaintance with the issue enables every high school history student to be able to say, "you know, they worked out that if all the pieces of the true cross were put together, there would be (fill in appropriately large number of your choice in honour of this whiskery urban legend).
But I also like Kas, with its sleepy tea-garden where you can sip a glass with whiskery locals under the palm trees or spend the evening bar-hopping round the harbour.
Hers may be the sole face on the poster for The Wolfman, the remake of the whiskery 1941 horror favourite, but she would surely be the first to admit that audiences won't be flocking to see how she handles riding a white steed across a country estate.
round and whiskery face, posted up on his lab's website, though he
oils are the whiskery tips of grass blades too intricate, too