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Brush

Brush, an instrument of varying sizes and shapes used for various purposes. When employed for the removal of dirt or dust, stiff hairs or fibres are generally used, hogs' bristles, wires, vegetable fibres, strips of whalebone, etc., being the principal materials for manufacture. For soft-haired brushes, such as are used by painters, the hairs of the camel, squirrel, badger, goat, polecat, etc., are required.