From Middle English bristil, bristel, brustel, from Old English bristl, *brystl, *byrstel, from Proto-West Germanic *burstilu, diminutive of Proto-West Germanic *bursti, from Proto-Germanic *burstiz (compare Dutch borstel, German Borste, Icelandic burst), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰr̥stís (compare Middle Irish brostaid, Latin fastīgium, Polish barszcz), equivalent to brust + -le.
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