bar·​bet | \ ˈbär-bət How to pronounce barbet (audio) \

Definition of barbet

: any of various often brightly colored nonpasserine tropical birds (families Capitonidae, Lybiidae, and Megalaimidae) having a stout bill bearing bristles at the base

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Ziegler observes butterflies and damselflies and bees that never descend to the ground, and dozens of species of birds: barbets, paradise tanagers, scarlet macaws that arrive in pairs, and fat, piping guans, which look like elegant turkeys. National Geographic, "One Tiny Wasp Turns a Fig Tree Into a 150-Foot-High Eden," 29 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of barbet

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barbet

probably from barb entry 1

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