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barb 1

1. A sharp point projecting in reverse direction to the main point of a weapon or tool, as on an arrow or fishhook.
2. A cutting remark.
3. Zoology A small, sharp point projecting in reverse direction from the tip, as on a porcupine quill or a bee sting.
4. Zoology One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather.
5. Botany A short, sharp, reflexed bristle or hairlike projection.
6. See barbel1.
7. Any of various Old World freshwater fishes of the genera Barbus, Puntius, and related genera of the family Cyprinidae.
8. A linen covering for a woman's head, throat, and chin worn in medieval times.
tr.v. barbed, barb·ing, barbs
To provide or furnish with a barb.

[Middle English barbe, from Old French, beard, from Latin barba; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots.]

barb 2

1. A horse of a breed introduced by the Moors into Spain from northern Africa that has high withers and an arched neck and is known for its speed and endurance.
2. Any of a breed of domestic pigeon that has prominent wattles around the eyes.

[French barbe, from Italian barbero, Berber, from Vulgar LatinBarbaria, Barbary States, from Latin barbarus, barbarous; see barbarous.]


pl n
(Pharmacology) informal US barbiturates


[bɑːbz] NPL (Drugs) → barbitúricos mpl
References in classic literature ?
But though boats have been taken down and lost in this way, yet it is this holding on, as it is called; this hooking up by the sharp barbs of his live flesh from the back; this it is that often torments the Leviathan into soon rising again to meet the sharp lance of his foes.
When King Agamemnon saw the blood flowing from the wound he was afraid, and so was brave Menelaus himself till he saw that the barbs of the arrow and the thread that bound the arrow-head to the shaft were still outside the wound.
Machaon passed into the middle of the ring and at once drew the arrow from the belt, bending its barbs back through the force with which he pulled it out.
The barb is allied to the carrier, but, instead of a very long beak, has a very short and very broad one.
Moreover, I do not believe that any ornithologist would place the English carrier, the short-faced tumbler, the runt, the barb, pouter, and fantail in the same genus; more especially as in each of these breeds several truly-inherited sub-breeds, or species as he might have called them, could be shown him.
But no one can beat barbs as much as Christian Bables,' said a netizen.
In the photo at right, I am shown with just such a setup (although the barbs are actually made of rubber).
Bohning's new Stronghold Bowfishing Point is made of 100 percent stainless steel for ultimate strength, while also holding three swing-out barbs to hold the hardest-fighting or softest fish.
otherwise, it would pose a hazard for wildlife, and rusted barbs could
Each quill contains a conical black tip studded with a layer of microscopic, backward-facing barbs and a cylindrical base with smooth, scale-like structures.
5,6) Each suture is a polypropylene monofilament specially engineered to form barbs in one or two directions that will anchor into and hold the soft tissue.