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bristlenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈbrɪs·əl/
a short, stiff hair: [C usually pl] The old brush had lost most of its bristles.

bristleverb [I]

 us   /ˈbrɪs·əl/
(of hairs) to stand up because of fear or anger, or (of people) to show anger: The cat’s fur bristled. She bristles at injustice.
bristly
adjective  us   /ˈbrɪs·li/
a bristly chin
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bristlenoun

uk   /ˈbrɪs.əl/  us   /ˈbrɪs.əl/
[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   /ˈbrɪs.li/  us   /ˈbrɪs.li/
He had furry eyebrows and bristly (= short, sticking up) hair.

bristleverb

uk   /ˈbrɪs.əl/  us   /ˈbrɪs.əl/
(Definition of bristle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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