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bristle

noun uk   us   /ˈbrɪs.l̩/
[C] a short, stiff hair, usually one of many: The old woman had a few grey bristles sprouting from her chin. [C or U] The bristles of a brush are the stiff hairs or pieces of plastic that are connected to it: The best quality men's shaving brushes are made from badger bristle. My toothbrush has blue and white plastic bristles.
bristly
adjective uk   us   /ˈbrɪs.li/
He had furry eyebrows and bristly (= short, sticking up) hair.

bristle

verb uk   us   /ˈbrɪs.l̩/

bristle verb (HAIR)

[I] (of hair) to stand up: The cat's fur bristled and it arched its back.

bristle verb (REACT ANGRILY)

to react angrily: She bristled at the suggestion that she had in any way neglected the child.
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