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hacklesnoun [plural]

uk   us   /ˈhæk.l̩z/
the ​hairs on the back of some ​animals, or the ​feathers on the back of the ​neck of some ​birds, that ​rise when the ​animal or ​bird is ​frightened or about to ​fight
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