Meaning of “hackles” in the English Dictionary

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"hackles" in British English

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hacklesnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˈhæk.əlz/ us /ˈhæk.əlz/

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

(Definition of “hackles” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)