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bris·tle / ˈbrisəl/ • n. (usu. bristles) a short stiff hair, typically one of those on an animal's skin, a man's face, or a plant. ∎  a stiff animal hair, or a man-made substitute, used to make a brush: a toothbrush with nylon bristles the heads are made with natural bristle. • v. [intr.] 1. (of hair or fur) stand upright away from the skin, esp. in anger or fear: the hair on the back of his neck bristled. ∎  make one's hair or fur stand on end: the cat bristled in annoyance. ∎  react angrily or defensively, as by drawing oneself up: she bristled at his rudeness. 2. (bristle with) be covered with or abundant in: the roof bristled with antennas.

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bristle sb. XIII. ME. brüstel, bristel, brestel, pointing to OE. *brystel, *byrstel, corr. to OS. *brustil, (M)Du. borstel, f. the base repr. by OE. byrst bristle, OHG. burst (G. borste), ON. burst, bursti.

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bristlehassle, Kassel, passel, tassel, vassal •axel, axle •cancel, hansel, Hänsel, Mansell •transaxle •castle, metatarsal, parcel, tarsal •chancel • sandcastle • Newcastle •Bessel, nestle, pestle, redressal, trestle, vessel, wrestle •Edsel • Texel •intercensal, pencil, stencil •pretzel • staysail • mainsail • Wiesel •abyssal, bristle, epistle, gristle, missal, scissel, thistle, whistle •pixel • plimsoll •tinsel, windsail •schnitzel, spritsail •Birtwistle •paradisal, sisal, trysail •apostle, colossal, dossal, fossil, glossal, jostle, throstle •consul, proconsul, tonsil •dorsal, morsel •council, counsel, groundsel •Mosul • fo'c's'le, forecastle •bustle, hustle, muscle, mussel, Russell, rustle, tussle •gunsel • corpuscle •disbursal, dispersal, Purcell, rehearsal, reversal, succursal, tercel, transversal, traversal, universal •Herzl

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