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Synonyms for bristly

Synonyms for bristly

very irritable

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

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OVMRO tweeted: "Just stood down after assisting a male with a leg injury on Bristly Ridge.
A bristly hermaphroditic sea slug mates employing a use-it-then-lose-it penis, and carries one or two extras for future use, researchers have discovered.
Coxae covered with yellowish-white hairs, hairs on lower edge of coxae longer, mid coxa with 1-2 blackish bristly hairs.
They got stuck on the Bristly Ridge which had a light covering of snow as they made their way to Glyder Fach.
Most cat lovers are aware of the bristly tail that is hung low to the ground, which is a sign of aggression, but there are plenty more cues that can help you understand your cat.
Another video camera coupled with a dissecting microscope helped to determine that individual droplets of sticky glue slide along the leg's bristly hair, and to estimate the forces of adhesion to the web.
The Adonis may have smouldering looks and the smoothest throw in arrers, but his bristly opponent boasts more accurate access to the treble 20 bed.
In those days, people in October collected chestnuts by the bushel, their bristly burrs cracked open by the frost.
Luckily Dr Lynn, a man unafraid to get bear scat impaled on his bristly beard in order to pick up Hope's scent and return her to the now despondent Lily, was to prove her last shot at survival.
The larva--a segmented, bristly creature with an enlarged head--hatches in early summer when the dune surface can be searing hot, then promptly digs a snug, vertical burrow in the cool sand and backs in, emerging from that thermal shelter only to ambush passing prey.
The app allows the user to re-create a paintbrush stroke and even creates bristly lines and broader touches to match an artist's use of a canvas.
describes the elegant solutions that nature has devised, not only for untangling two twisted strands of DNA for replication, to make sure each progeny has one and only one whole strand of its parent, but also for keeping many bristly nucleic acids from getting so tangled that the cellular equivalent of a crewcut is required.
You will want to touch its crimson bristly flowers because you may not believe your eyes.
Every centimeter of the fuchsia-flowering gooseberry (Ribes speciosum) is ornamental, down to its bristly red stems.
James, the book's narrator, is a bristly eighteen-year-old with considerable intelligence and inexperience, both of which cause him considerable pain as he strives to find his place in the adult world.