barbule

noun bar·bule \ ˈbär-(ˌ)byül \

Definition of barbule

: a minute barb; especially : one of the processes that fringe the barbs of a feather — see feather illustration

Recent Examples of barbule from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'barbule.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of barbule

1813

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Learn More about barbule


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up barbule? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to oppose successfully

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet-pasta-spelling-help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!