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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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TUESDAY Birmingham Rep presents I Was A Rat, a stage version of Philip Pullman's story about a mysterious young boy who claims to have a whiskery history.
That's what came to mind - quite literally, a creature from another world poking its whiskery, velvety nose into mine, via the open window of a Vauxhall Vectra.
And because they know the guests at Center Parcs are suckers for whiskery, furry faces or bright coloured plumage they are not afraid to get up close and personal.
With the last session to bat, Warwickshire lost Ian Westwood, who edged to first slip in the ninth over, but Chopra and Porterfield saw off the highly-rated seamers and whiskery spin of Batty alike.
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.
Long past his pension age, gnarled and whiskery Steve isn't about to let up on either his spiky humour or considered reflections.
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.
Why not come over here and give me a big, wet, slobbery, whiskery smooch" (for mistletoe background).
The Tatling is now a whiskery teenager with pounds 680,000 in prize-money and 16 wins to his credit.