barbel


1bar·bel

noun \ˈbär-bəl\

Definition of BARBEL

:  a European freshwater cyprinid fish (Barbus barbus) with four barbels on its upper jaw; also :  any of various closely related fishes

Origin of BARBEL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *barbellus, diminutive of Latin barbus barbel, from barba beard — more at beard
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BARBEL

2barbel

noun

Definition of BARBEL

:  a slender tactile process on the lips of certain fishes (as catfishes)

Origin of BARBEL

obsolete French, from Middle French, diminutive of barbe barb, beard
First Known Use: 1601

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