bristle (04/17/18)

bristle

noun

1. one of the short, stiff, coarse hairs of certain animals, especially hogs,used extensively in making brushes.

2. anything resembling these hairs.

Example: The brush contained hog’s bristles.

verb (used without object)bristled, bristling.

3. to stand or rise stiffly, like bristles.

4. to become rigid with anger, fear, or irritation.

Example: The cat bristled at the dog’s low growl.