from The Century Dictionary.
- Terminating gradually in a very fine hair, as the leaves of many mosses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Bot.) Terminating in a very fine, sharp point, as some leaves.
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- adjective pointed like bristles
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Long, lance-shaped, deeply cleft, sharply pointed, and prickly dark green leaves make the ascent almost unendurable; nevertheless, the ant bravely mounts to where the bristle-pointed, overlapping scales of the deep green cup hold the luscious flowers.
_Q. tinctoria_; in the typical form, lobes broadly triangular or oblong, with parallel sides bristle-pointed; leafstalks short; stipules linear, soon falling.
The eye rests with equal delight on what is not leaf and on what is leaf, -- on the broad, free, open sinuses, and on the long, sharp, bristle-pointed lobes.