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covered or rough with bristles.
like or resembling bristles.
easily antagonized; irascible:
a bristly person with few friends.
Historical Examples

Field Book of Western Wild Flowers Margaret Armstrong
Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians Ambrose Bierce
Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete Albert Bigelow Paine
The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Dreamers of the Ghetto I. Zangwill
A Synopsis of the Birds of North America John James Audubon
The Prussian Officer D. H. Lawrence
Flowers Shown to the Children C. E. Smith
Space Prison Tom Godwin



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