Definition Of Vibrissae

February 25, 2012 by staff 

Definition Of Vibrissae, 1. Any of the long stiff hairs that project from the snout or brow of most mammals, as the whiskers of a cat.
2. One of several long modified feathers that grow along the gape of the mouth of insect-eating birds.

n pl -sae [-si?] (usually plural)
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) any of the bristle-like sensitive hairs on the face of many mammals; a whisker
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) any of the specialized bristle-like feathers around the beak in certain insectivorous birds
[from Latin, probably from vibr?re to shake]
vibrissal adj

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