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B'ARB, n. [L.barba; This is beard, with a different ending. The sense may be, that which shoots out.]

1. Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it; as the barb of a fish, the smaller claws of the polypus,&c.

2. The down, or pubes, covering the surface of some plants; or rather, a tuft or bunch of strong hairs terminating leaves.

3. Anciently, armor for horses; formerly, barbe or barde.

4. A common name of the barbary pigeon, a bird of a black or dun color.

5. A horse from Barbary, of which it seems to be a contraction.

6. The points that stand backward in an arrow, fish-hook or other instrument for piercing, intended to prevent its being extracted.

7. In botany, a straight process armed with teeth pointing backward like the sting of a bee. This is one sort of pubescence.



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B'ARB, n. [L.barba; This is beard, with a different ending. The sense may be, that which shoots out.]

1. Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it; as the barb of a fish, the smaller claws of the polypus,&c.

2. The down, or pubes, covering the surface of some plants; or rather, a tuft or bunch of strong hairs terminating leaves.

3. Anciently, armor for horses; formerly, barbe or barde.

4. A common name of the barbary pigeon, a bird of a black or dun color.

5. A horse from Barbary, of which it seems to be a contraction.

6. The points that stand backward in an arrow, fish-hook or other instrument for piercing, intended to prevent its being extracted.

7. In botany, a straight process armed with teeth pointing backward like the sting of a bee. This is one sort of pubescence.

BARB, n. [L. barba; W. barv; Corn. bar; Arm. baro. This is beard, with a different ending. The sense may be, that which shoots out.]

  1. Beard, or that which resembles it; or grows in the place of it; as the barb of a fish, the smaller claws of the polypus, &c. – Johnson. Coxe.
  2. The down, or pubes, covering the surface of some plants; or rather, a tuft or bunch of strong hairs terminating leaves. – Linnæus. Milne.
  3. Anciently, armor for horses; formerly, barbe or barde. – Hayward.
  4. A common name of the Barbary pigeon, a bird of a black or dun color. – Dict. of Nat. Hist.
  5. A horse from Barbary, of which it seems to be a contraction.
  6. The points that stand backward in an arrow, fish-hook or other instrument for piercing, intended to prevent its being extracted.
  7. In botany, a straight process armed with teeth pointing backward like the sting of a bee. This is one sort of pubescence. – Martyn.

BARB, v.t.

  1. To shave; to dress the beard. [Obs.] – Shak.
  2. To furnish with barbs, as an arrow, fish-hook, spear, or other instrument.
  3. To put armor on a horse. – Milton.

Barb
  1. Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it.

    The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs, or wattles in his mouth.
    Walton.

  2. To shave or dress the beard of.

    [Obs.]
  3. The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
  4. Armor for a horse. Same as 2d Bard, n., 1.
  5. A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.

    [Obs.]
  6. To clip] to mow.

    [Obs.] Marston.
  7. A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
  8. Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen.

    [Written also barbel and barble.]
  9. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.

    But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire.
    Milton.

  10. The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else.

    "Having two barbs or points." Ascham.
  11. A bit for a horse.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  12. One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane. See Feather.
  13. A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; -- also improperly called whiting.
  14. A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
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Barb

B'ARB, noun [Latin barba; This is beard, with a different ending. The sense may be, that which shoots out.]

1. Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it; as the barb of a fish, the smaller claws of the polypus, etc.

2. The down, or pubes, covering the surface of some plants; or rather, a tuft or bunch of strong hairs terminating leaves.

3. Anciently, armor for horses; formerly, barbe or barde.

4. A common name of the barbary pigeon, a bird of a black or dun color.

5. A horse from Barbary, of which it seems to be a contraction.

6. The points that stand backward in an arrow, fish-hook or other instrument for piercing, intended to prevent its being extracted.

7. In botany, a straight process armed with teeth pointing backward like the sting of a bee. This is one sort of pubescence.

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