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Topic: BIOLOGY

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old English
Origin: byrst 'bristle'

bristle

1 noun
     
bris‧tle1
1HB [uncountable and countable] a short stiff hair that feels rough:
His chin was covered with bristles.
2D [countable] a short stiff hair, wire etc that forms part of a brush
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