Definitions for "Vibrissa"
One of the specialized or tactile hairs which grow about the nostrils, or on other parts of the face, in many animals, as the so-called whiskers of the cat, and the hairs of the nostrils of man.
vibrare = to vibrate; hairs in nasal vestible which vibrate to air currents during snoring.
A stout, stiff and generally very long, tactile bristle growing singly or in small clusters, mostly in a few constant and well-recognized sites on the body.
The bristlelike feathers near the mouth of many birds.