bristled


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  • adj

Synonyms for bristled

having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

References in classic literature ?
Yet there was much around to interest us, for we were passing through as singular a countryside as any in England, where a few scattered cottages represented the population of to-day, while on every hand enormous square-towered churches bristled up from the flat green landscape and told of the glory and prosperity of old East Anglia.
Below, every point of vantage bristled with spectators, the roofs of the towering buildings, the public squares, the active ferry boats, and every favourable street intersection had its crowds: all the river piers were dense with people, the Battery Park was solid black with east-side population, and every position of advantage in Central Park and along Riverside Drive had its peculiar and characteristic assembly from the adjacent streets.
As soon as he came across a former acquaintance or anyone from the staff, he bristled up immediately and grew spiteful, ironical, and contemptuous.
Before the bowmen's dead had disappeared the corpses of the Torquasians had bristled with the deadly arrows of their foes.
Directly in the center of the road lay a motionless object that bristled all over with sharp quills, which resembled arrows.
A thin ridge of stiff hair bristled along the entire length of his spine.
The bristled lip curved upward, exposing yellow fangs.
Shes and balus growled and bristled as he passed closer, but none hindered him and thus he came to the inner circle of bulls.