tactile hair


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tactile hair

n.
Sensory hair, such as that of an insect, that responds to pressure or touch.

tactile hair

A hair or hair-like structure that is highly sensitive to pressure or touch. Tactile hairs cover the bodies of most insects and are found in many mammals, especially as whiskers.
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The slender trichobothrium (Tr) arises vertically from a prominent socket; the stronger tactile hair (T) emerges obliquely from a less-developed socket.
Animal hairs are classified into three basic types: a) "primary" or "guard" hairs that form the outer coat of an animal and provide protection from sunlight, moisture; b) "secondary" hairs (also known as fur or wool hairs, or the undercoat) that form the inner coat of an animal and provide insulation; and c) tactile hairs (whiskers) that provide sensory functions.