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1barb

noun \ˈbärb\

Definition of BARB

1
:  a medieval cloth headdress passing over or under the chin and covering the neck
2
a :  a sharp projection extending backward (as from the point of an arrow or fishhook) and preventing easy extraction; also :  a sharp projection with its point similarly oblique to something else
b :  a biting or pointedly critical remark or comment
3
:  2barbel
4
:  any of the side branches of the shaft of a feather — see feather illustration
5
:  a plant hair or bristle ending in a hook
barb·less \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of BARB

Middle English barbe barb, beard, from Anglo-French, from Latin barba — more at beard
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BARB

2barb

verb

Definition of BARB

transitive verb
:  to furnish with a barb

First Known Use of BARB

1759

3barb

noun

Definition of BARB

:  any of a northern African breed of horses that are noted for speed and endurance

Origin of BARB

French barbe, from Italian barbero, from barbero of Barbary, from Barberia Barbary, coastal region in Africa
First Known Use: 1636

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

4barb

noun

Definition of BARB

slang

First Known Use of BARB

1967

barb

noun \ˈbärb\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BARB

slang :  barbiturate

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