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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Consisting of or similar to bristles.
  • adjective Thick with bristles.
  • adjective Exhibiting or tending to exhibit agitation or anger.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Thickly set with bristles, or with hairs like bristles; rough: as, “a bristly neck,”
  • Resembling a bristle or bristles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Thick set with bristles, or with hairs resembling bristles; rough.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Covered with bristles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective very irritable
  • adjective having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

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