barb


barb
barb1
/bahrb/, n.
1. a point or pointed part projecting backward from a main point, as of a fishhook or arrowhead. See illus. under fishhook.
2. an obviously or openly unpleasant or carping remark.
3. Bot., Zool. a hooked or sharp bristle.
4. Ornith. one of the processes attached to the rachis of a feather. See illus. under feather.
5. one of a breed of domestic pigeons, similar to the carriers or homers, having a short, broad bill.
6. any of numerous, small, Old World cyprinid fishes of the genera Barbus and Puntius, often kept in aquariums.
7. Usually, barbs. Vet. Pathol. a small protuberance under the tongue in horses and cattle, esp. when inflamed and swollen.
8. Also, barbe. a linen covering for the throat and breast, formerly worn by women mourners and now only by some nuns.
9. Obs. a beard.
v.t.
10. to furnish with a barb or barbs.
[1300-50; ME barbe < MF L barba BEARD or beardlike projection]
Syn. 1. spur, spike, prong, barbule; snag, prickle, spicule.
barb2
/bahrb/, n.
one of a breed of horses raised originally in Barbary.
[1630-40; < F barbe, shortened form of It barbero Barbary steed, equiv. to Barber(ia) Barbary + -o masc. n. suffix]
barb3
/bahrb/, n. Slang.
barbiturate.
[by shortening]

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▪ breed of horse
also called  Barbary,  

      native horse breed of the Barbary states of North Africa. It is related to, and probably an offshoot of, the Arabian horse but is larger, with a lower placed tail, and has hair at the fetlock (above and behind the hoof). The coat colour is usually bay or brown. Like the Arabian, it is noted for speed and endurance. A variety known as the Spanish-Barb is bred in small numbers in the United States.

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Universalium. 2010.

Synonyms:
(or excrescences like a beard), / (of a hook, etc.), , , / (of the Barbary breed), , ,


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