barbicel


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bar·bi·cel

 (bär′bĭ-sĕl′)
n.
One of the minute, hooked projections extending from and interlocking the barbules of a feather.

[New Latin barbicella, diminutive of Latin barba, beard; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots.]

barbicel

(ˈbɑːbɪˌsɛl)
n
(Zoology) ornithol any of the minute hooks on the barbules of feathers that interlock with those of adjacent barbules
[C19: from New Latin barbicella, literally: a small beard, from Latin barba beard]

bar•bi•cel

(ˈbɑr bəˌsɛl)

n.
any of the hooklets that fringe the barbules of a feather and hold them together.
[1865–70; < New Latin barbicella= Latin barbi- (comb. form of barba beard) + -cella diminutive suffix]
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In succeeding generations of animals, these barbs evolved smaller structures, called barbules and barbicels, that hook neighboring barbs together.