n. pl. [OF. broisse, brushwood]
1. A cluster of bristles, stout hairs or scales.
2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
a. In Diptera, anterior "mouth bristles" of some mosquitoe larvae, that may or may not be prehensile; posterior or respiratory siphon area bristles. b. In Lepidoptera, anterior pheromone hair-like scales of noctuid moths, or posterior abdominal brush of smooth hairs, function unknown.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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