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Covered with stiff or rough hairs; bristly: hispid stems.

[Latin hispidus.]

his·pid′i·ty (hĭ-spĭd′ĭ-tē) n.


(Biology) biology covered with stiff hairs or bristles
[C17: from Latin hispidus bristly]
hisˈpidity n


(ˈhɪs pɪd)

adj. Bot., Zool.
rough with stiff hairs, bristles, or minute spines.
[1640–50; < Latin hispidus rough, shaggy; akin to hirsute]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hispid - (of animals or plants) having stiff coarse hairs or bristles; "plants with hispid stems"
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
haired, hairy, hirsute - having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"
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Yet he battled on, striking futile blows against great, hispid breasts he could not see; feeling thick, squat throats beneath his fingers; the drool of saliva upon his cheek, and hot, foul breath in his nostrils.
The Everglades virus is a mosquito-borne disease carried by the hispid cotton rat, which lives in areas with tall grass such as grassy fields, weedy areas, and marshy areas .
Amplified fragment length polymorphism and mitochondrial DNA analyses reveal patterns of divergence and hybridization in the hispid cotton rat (Sigmodcm hispidus).
Macropterous form: Thorax: Pronotum wider than long, with hispid tubercles, subquadrate, flattened, not declivous; frontal angles rounded, not projecting; humeral angles obtuse, not exposed; collar indistinctly depressed, not separated by a distinct incised line; middle third of pronotal disk with a broad longitudinal sulcus; anterolateral margins obliquely straight, roughly granulate; posterior margin concavely arcuate before base of scutellum; prosternum depressed; meso and metasternum sulcate; anterior lobe of metathoracic peritreme weakly reniform, posterior lobe subacute, raised; evaporative area short; posterior margin of metapleura with outer third obtusely rounded, and slightly raised.
bulloides has a more hispid and thicker wall than does Globigerinella calida.
The hispid cotton rat (Sigmodon hispidus), which occurs in the southern United States, is the host of Black Creek Canal hantavirus (Table 1), a known cause of HPS (Rollin et al.
The rodents identified thus far include: Woodchuck (Marmota monax); Round-tailed Muskrat (Neofiber alleni); Southern Bog Lemming (Synaptomys cooperi); Marsh Rice Rat (Oryzomys palustris); Eastern Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys humulis); Hispid Cotton Rat (Sigmodon hispidus); and Capybara (Hydrochaeris holmesi).
elator (2) at the ungrazed site concurs with Packard & Roberts (1973) observation that the Texas kangaroo rat and hispid cotton rat rarely co-occur.
floridana, the rice rat, Oryzomys palustris (Harlan) and the hispid cotton rat, Sigmodon hispidus Say and Ord) or 2 non-indigenous Rattus species (the black rat, R.