any highly sensitive hair of an animal, as the whiskers of a cat or hairs on a hedgehog’s snout.
A hair or hairlike structure that is highly sensitive to pressure or touch. Tactile hairs help organisms sense their environment. They cover the bodies of most insects and are found in many mammals, especially as whiskers.
- Tactile image
tactile image n. An image of an object as perceived by the sense of touch.
- Tactile papilla
tactile papilla n. Any of the papillae of the skin containing a tactile cell or corpuscle.
adjective 1. of, pertaining to, endowed with, or affecting the sense of touch. 2. perceptible to the touch; tangible. adjective 1. of, relating to, affecting, or having a sense of touch: a tactile organ, tactile stimuli 2. (rare) capable of being touched; tangible tactile tac·tile (tāk’təl, -tīl’) adj. Perceptible to the sense of touch; tangible. […]
noun 1. touch; contact. noun 1. (obsolete) the act of touching; contact