whisker


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whisker \Whisk"er\, n.
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   1. One who, or that which, whisks, or moves with a quick,
      sweeping motion.
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   2. Formerly, the hair of the upper lip; a mustache; --
      usually in the plural.
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            Hoary whiskers and a forky beard.     --Pope.
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   3. pl. That part of the beard which grows upon the sides of
      the face, or upon the chin, or upon both; as, side
      whiskers; chin whiskers.
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   4. A hair of the beard.
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   5. One of the long, projecting hairs growing at the sides of
      the mouth of a cat, or other animal.
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   6. pl. (Naut.) Iron rods extending on either side of the
      bowsprit, to spread, or guy out, the stays, etc.
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