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whisker

Pronunciation: /ˈhwɪskər; ˈwɪskə(r)/

Translation of whisker in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 1.1 countable/numerable (single hair) pelo (masculine) ([ de la barba ]) 1.2 (narrow margin) (no plural/sin plural) pelo (masculine) he lost the race by a whisker perdió la carrera por un pelo or por poquísimo they came within a whisker of … faltó un pelo or faltó muy poco para que …
    Example sentences
    • I intuit Blair will win the election by a whisker.
    • This year, for example, the amount given to Republicans is just a whisker more than $1 million.
    • This release just missed the cut on the last missive by a whisker and a bit.
  • 2
    (whiskers plural)
    2.1 (of animal) bigotes (masculine plural) 2.2 [dated/anticuado] (mustache) bigote(s) (masculine (plural)); (sideburns) patillas (feminine plural)
    Example sentences
    • The examiner was a Dr Bull, an elderly anatomy lecturer of rather Victorian appearance, with mutton-chop whiskers and beetling eyebrows.
    • Since the mustache part of General Burnside's invention was nothing new, the cheek whiskers became known as ‘Burnsides’ and enjoyed a certain vogue among men of the day.
    • The Emperor Franz Josef favoured equally luxuriant mutton-chop whiskers - effectively a beard, with the chin shaven.
    Example sentences
    • Every once in a while, particularly when I take out clothes that I haven't worn since our move, I find a cat whisker or a dog hair.
    • Another notable mode of sensation in cats are whiskers, or vibrissae.
    • It has a nose like a dog's, teeth like a leopard's, and whiskers like an otter's.

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