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

  • adj. Consisting of or similar to bristles.
  • adj. Thick with bristles.
  • adj. Exhibiting or tending to exhibit agitation or anger: a bristly exchange between lawyers.

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  • adj. Covered with bristles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

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