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1. Christianity a Waldensian missionary
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a type of high, pleated collar worn by widows and nuns in Medieval times
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1. a point or pointed part projecting backward from a main point, as of a fishhook or arrowhead.
2. an obviously or openly unpleasant or carping remark.
3. a hooked or sharp bristle.
4. one of the series of paired parallel rods that attach to the central shaft of a feather and form its web. See illus. at feather.
5. one of a breed of domestic pigeons, similar to the carriers or homers, having a short, broad bill.
a. any of numerous small, Old World cyprinid fishes of the genera Barbus and Puntius, often kept in aquariums.
7. Also, barbe. a linen covering for the neck and breast, worn by women in mourning in the 14th to 16th centuries.
8. Obs. a beard.
9. to furnish with a barb or barbs.
[1300–50; Middle English barbe < Middle French « Latin barba beard, beardlike projection]



one of a breed of horses related to the Arabian, raised orig. in Barbary.
[1630–40; < French barbe < Italian barbero, derivative of Barberia Barbary]
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References in classic literature ?
The guests now all took leave of Athos, excepting the old Duc de Barbe, who, as an old friend of the family of La Valliere, went to see little Louise and offered to take her to Blois in his carriage.
Barbe and Doucet may be based in Italy, but the French-Canadian design/directing duo are always on the go-- their busy schedule keeps them jetting to and fro between various cities in Europe and North America.
Les eleveurs du barbe qui participent aux courses ou au tourisme equestre sont obliges de declarer les saillies et les resultats pour pouvoir inscrire leur cheval dans le stud-book.
"Physicians want to be engaged and involved in this process," David Barbe, MD, immediate past president of the American Medical Association, told members of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee during a July 26 hearing.
Barbe, M.D., issued a call to action for physician leadership to aid in the reduction of gun violence.
The jukebox musical stars Bronte Barbe as the singer-songwriter, who is the most successful American female songwriter of the late 20th century.
Barbe: Although most claims don't get to court, the heavy cost of a litigious climate takes a toll.
Mark Barbe was discovered lying behind a door of his flat at the rear of the Bull Hotel which he managed in Valley, Anglesey.
WEST End star Bronte Barbe is not only getting to return to home turf for Christmas, but the big launch night of Beautiful the musical will be a double celebration on her birthday.
Despite her self-professed shortcomings, Carole - played "Beautifully" by Bronte Barbe - falls in love and marries in quick succession after meeting her longtime songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, played last night by understudy Grant McConvey.
Barbe, MD, is urging physicians to participate in the Medicare Quality Payment Program, even if the business case isn't quite there.