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What are whiskers called?

Fact - Whiskers are called Vibrissae, scientifically
Pic Credits: © 2011 Trish Hamme | Happy Whisker Wednesday | CC BY-SA | Modified

The scientific term for whiskers is Vibrissae (singular, Vibrissa). Whiskers are the long stiff hair on the snout or brow of mammals.

The function of vibrissae is varied. They are typically used as tactile sensors complementing the skin or social behaviour (as in rats).

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