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- (Scotland) bristling, bristly (of an animal such as a wolf or a bear).
- A big, birsy, gray wolf looked over its two fallen comrades, then all at once it lifted its gaze and looked John straight in the eyes, letting out a low guttural snarl.
- 2000, William Soutar, Into a Room: Selected Poems of William Soutar :
- Raw upon raw the birsy bere, Rax't up, sae routh and green.