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bar·bel 1

One of the slender, whiskerlike tactile organs extending from the head of certain fishes, such as catfishes. Also called barb1.

[Obsolete French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin barbula, diminutive of Late Latin barbus, beard, from Latin barba; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots.]

bar·bel 2

Any of several freshwater cyprinid fishes of the genus Barbus of Eurasia and Africa, especially B. barbus, having four barbels on the upper jaw.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin *barbellus, diminutive of barbus, from Latin barba, beard; see barbel1.]
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1. (Zoology) any of several slender tactile spines or bristles that hang from the jaws of certain fishes, such as the catfish and carp
2. (Animals) any of several European cyprinid fishes of the genus Barbus, esp B. barbus, that resemble the carp but have a longer body and pointed snout
[C14: from Old French, from Latin barbus, from barba beard]
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(ˈbɑr bəl)

1. a slender, external process on the head of certain fishes.
2. Also called barb. any European cyprinid fish of the genus Barbus, esp. B. barbus, having such processes.
[1400–1450; late Middle English barbell < Middle French barbel < Vulgar Latin *barbellus a weightlifting]
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A slender, whisker-like feeler extending from the head of certain fish, such as the catfish. It is used for touch and taste.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barbel - slender tactile process on the jaws of a fishbarbel - slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish
tentacle - any of various elongated tactile or prehensile flexible organs that occur on the head or near the mouth in many animals; used for feeling or grasping or locomotion
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[ˈbɑːbəl] N
1. (Anat) → barbilla f, cococha f
2. (= fish) → barbo m
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n (fish) → Barbe f; (= filament on fish)Bartel f, → Bartfaden m
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I have taken a barbel that weighs at least thirty pounds, and more than fifty mullets; I have also some little whitings that will fry beautifully."
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On a previous run, my friend and I picked out the Ribble for a Barbel raid, the Nursery stretch was picked, rod licences were bought and the route mapped out.
He had been forced away from his usual tidal reaches down river by the major pollution in August but had been finding a move further upstream beneficial with 12 barbel to 8lb in four sessions.
BARBEL, like carp, are a coarse species that enjoys a cult status amongst British anglers.
yunnanensis is distinguished from congeners in having the following combination of characters: skin smooth with complete lateral line, laterosensory pores haphazardly distributed in pairs; mouth sub-terminal with upper jaw slightly longer than the lower one; lips with papillae, adipose-fin short, with a low and smooth outer edge, posterior end of which rounded and separated from dorsal procurrent rays of caudal-fin by a remarkable notch; no pinnate like rays on caudal-fin rays; body depth at anus 14.1-14.6 % SL; head length 19.9-20.4 % SL; head depth 9.9-10.1 % SL; eye to nasal barbel 9.3-10.2 % SL; caudal peduncle length 19.6-19.9 % SL; caudal peduncle depth 13.5-13.6 % SL.
Barbel Kofler called on Provincial Ombudsman Sindh Asad Ashraf Malik in his office on Thursday.
Barbel Fofler appreciated the performance of the office of Ombudsman and stated that she was highly impressed with the working of the office of Ombudsman and will try to emulate it in such offices in Germany in order to provide expeditious and free justice to German citizens.
Bulawayo Light Tackle Club hosted the Toyota Barbel competition over the weekend of the 27th & 28th February at Inyankuni Dam.
LIFELONG carp angler Dave Massey is now hooked on barbel after being introduced to the powerful river fish by a pal.