any of various wingless insects of the order Thysanura, having long, bristlelike, caudal appendages, comprising the firebrats, silverfish, and machilids.
any primitive wingless insect of the orders Thysanura and Diplura, such as the silverfish and firebrat, having a flattened body and long tail appendages
an Alaskan curlew, Numenius tahitiensis, that winters in Polynesia, having bristlelike feathers on its thighs. Historical Examples The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3 Rollin H. Baker
noun a popular name for a polychaete
noun any of various grasses of the genus Setaria, such as S. viridis, having a bristly inflorescence
one of the short, stiff, coarse hairs of certain animals, especially hogs, used extensively in making brushes. anything resembling these hairs. to stand or rise stiffly, like bristles. to erect the bristles, as an irritated animal (often followed by up): The hog bristled up. to become rigid with anger or irritation: The man bristled when […]