1. one of the stiff hairs that are located especially about the nostrils or on other parts of the face in many mammals and that often serve as tactile organs
2. one of the bristly feathers near the mouth of many and especially insectivorous birds that may help to prevent the escape of insects
One by one
All his vibrissae
Fanned out around his sleeping face
Reading vibrations from a ghost or a lurking prey.