Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Covered with stiff or rough hairs; bristly: hispid stems.

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  • adj. Covered in short, stiff hairs; bristly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Rough with bristles or minute spines.
  • adj. Beset with stiff hairs or bristles.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hairy; rough; shaggy; bristly.
  • Specifically— In botany, having strong hairs or bristles; beset with stiff bristles.
  • In entomology, closely covered with small angular prominences; rough with minute spines or very rigid bristles.

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

  • adj. (of animals or plants) having stiff coarse hairs or bristles

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin hispidus.

Examples

  • These include the Sumatran striped rabbit, hispid hare, Amami rabbit and the Annamite striped rabbit, only discovered by scientists in 1995.

    'Year Of The Rabbit' Actually Threatens Furry Animal

  • The distribution and status of the hispid hare Caprolagus hispidus - with some additional notes on the pigmy hog Sus salvinius.

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  • Hundreds of trees have been felled and the habitats of endangered species such as golden langur, hispid hare and pygmy hog, have been put at risk.

    Manas National Park, India

  • It is also the single most important site for the survival of golden langur, pygmy hog and hispid hare.

    Manas National Park, India

  • - The Biology and Conservation of the Pigmy Hog Sus salvanius and the hispid hare Capriolagus hispidus.

    Manas National Park, India

  • Several endangered mammalian herbivores are also present, including the Asiatic wild buffalo and the near-endemic hispid hare (Caprolagus hispidus) (Table 1).

    Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands

  • Species such as the hispid hare and pygmy hog are found in these grasslands, especially in the soft soils and muddy areas along the river courses.

    Brahmaputra Valley semi-evergreen forests

  • Of these, the pygmy hog and the hispid hare are confined to the grassland habitats.

    Brahmaputra Valley semi-evergreen forests

  • As the resolute propounders of intermittent jocularity strode onward toward the beckoning sunset, accompanied by a hulking and perplexed mass of hair that lumbered after them on legs like hispid tree trunks, and one brooding black cat of striking size and grace, the Gogloyyik lifted its outlandish cranium and watched them go, not overlooking a chance to fenegrate the sookstrum that unexpectedly darted between its legs.

    A Triumph of Souls

  • Pigmy hog and hispid hare: further observations of the continuing decline (or, a lament for Barnadi and a good cause for skepticism).

    Chapter 9

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  • "I don't know what compelled me at age six to transplant a bunch of buttercups from the local non-playground at the bottom of our street to my father's garden. I don't know if my buttercups were of the cursed, bristly, early, hispid, creeping, bulbous, or common variety. They were yellow."

    Night Bloom by Mary Cappello, p 95

    January 9, 2011