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3 definitions found
 for bristly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bristly \Bris"tly\, a.
     Thick set with bristles, or with hairs resembling bristles;
     rough.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           The leaves of the black mulberry are somewhat bristly.
                                                    --Bacon.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bristly
      adj 1: very irritable; "bristly exchanges between the White
             House and the press"; "he became prickly and spiteful";
             "witty and waspish about his colleagues" [syn: bristly,
             prickly, splenetic, waspish]
      2: 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  41 Moby Thesaurus words for "bristly":
     acanaceous, aculeolate, barbellate, brambly, briery, bristled,
     bristling, bushy, cirrose, fleecy, flocculent, furry, fuzzy,
     glochidiate, hairy, hirsute, hispid, lanate, matted, muricate,
     pilose, pricking, prickly, pricky, pubescent, setaceous, setose,
     setous, shagged, shaggy, stinging, strigal, strigate, strigose,
     stubbled, stubbly, studded, thistly, thorny, unshorn, woolly
  
  

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