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vibrissa (n.)

plural vibrissae, 1690s, "nose hair, stiff hair in the nostril," from Latin vibrissa, back-formation from vibrissare, from vibrare "to vibrate" (from PIE root *weip- "to turn, vacillate, tremble ecstatically"). In reference to the long whiskers of a cat, etc., from 1839.

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Definitions of vibrissa

vibrissa (n.)
a long stiff hair growing from the snout or brow of most mammals as e.g. a cat;
Synonyms: whisker / sensory hair
From wordnet.princeton.edu