barbicel

noun
bar·​bi·​cel | \ ˈbär-bə-ˌsel How to pronounce barbicel (audio) \

Definition of barbicel

: any of the small hook-bearing processes on a barbule of a feather — see feather illustration

First Known Use of barbicel

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barbicel

New Latin barbicella, diminutive of Latin barba

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