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BarbBarb Barb, n. [F. barbe, fr. L. barba beard. See Beard, n.]
1. Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place
The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs, or
wattles in his mouth. --Walton.
2. A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners. [Obs.]
3. pl. Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane,
which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under
the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly
applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen. [Written
also barbel and barble.]
4. The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook,
etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence:
Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or
crosswise to something else. ``Having two barbs or
5. A bit for a horse. [Obs.] --Spenser.
6. (Zo["o]l.) One of the side branches of a feather, which
collectively constitute the vane. See Feather.
7. (Zo["o]l.) A southern name for the kingfishes of the
eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; --
also improperly called whiting.
8. (Bot.) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook. BarbBarb Barb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barbed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To shave or dress the beard of. [Obs.]
2. To clip; to mow. [Obs.] --Marston.
3. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or
hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.
But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire.
Barb Barb, n. [F. barbe, fr. Barbarie.]
1. The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from
Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
2. (Zo["o]l.) A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon,
originally brought from Barbary.
BarbBarb Barb, n. [Corrupted fr. bard.]
Armor for a horse. Same as 2d Bard, n., 1.
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