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  • n. A bristle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bristle.
  • intransitive v. To crackle; to rustle, as a silk garment.
  • intransitive v. To make a show of fierceness or defiance; to bristle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To crackle; make a small crackling noise; also, to rustle, as a silk garment.
  • To cause to crackle; crack.
  • An obsolete or dialectal form of bristle.
  • To approach one threateningly: as, “I'll brustle up to him,”
  • To bruise; crush.
  • To parch.
  • n. A dialectal or obsolete form of bristle.


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