1) ADJ: ADJ n Bristling means thick, hairy, and rough. It is used to describe things such as moustaches, beards, or eyebrows.

He was tall, bespectacled, with a bristling white moustache.

2) ADJ: ADJ n (emphasis) If you describe someone's attitude as bristling, you are emphasizing that it is full of energy and enthusiasm.

His bristling determination has become a symbol of England's renaissance.

...bristling, exuberant, rock'n'roll.

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