noun Bar·bu·la \ˈbärbyələ\

Definition of Barbula

  1. :  a large genus of slender tufted mosses (family Pottiaceae) with 16 mostly long spirally twisted peristome teeth

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Origin and Etymology of barbula

New Latin, from Latin barbula little beard, diminutive of barba beard — more at beard

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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