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 for bristled
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bristle \Bris"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bristled; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Bristling.]
     1. To erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the
        bristles of an angry hog; -- sometimes with up.
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              Now for the bare-picked bone of majesty
              Doth dogged war bristle his angry crest. --Shak.
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              Boy, bristle thy courage up.          --Shak.
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     2. To fix a bristle to; as, to bristle a thread.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bristled
      adj 1: having or covered with protective barbs or quills or
             spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short
             bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits";
             "setaceous whiskers" [syn: barbed, barbellate,
             briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred,
             burry, prickly, setose, setaceous, spiny,
             thorny]

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