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barbel

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noun bar·bel \ˈbär-bəl\

Definition of barbel

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



Origin and Etymology 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


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barbel

noun bar·bel

Definition of barbel

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



Origin and Etymology of barbel

obsolete French, from Middle French, diminutive of barbe barb, beard


First Known Use: 1601

Rhymes with barbel


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