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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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His jaws let go their grip, and he leaped backward to escape this strange danger, his lips drawn back from his fangs, his throat snarling, every hair bristling with rage and fright.
He crouched down under the impending blow, his hair bristling, but his teeth still keeping tight hold of the rabbit.
He sprang back, bristling and snarling, fearful of the unseen and unknown.
The dog leaping, bristling, whining--now did it see me coming--then did it howl again, then did it CRY:--had I ever heard a dog cry so for help?
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That German landscape, which Tacitus described as "for the most part bristling forests and foul bogs," was commonly believed to have shaped its fierce, warmongering people.