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Any of various brightly colored tropical birds of the order Piciformes that have a broad bill with bristles at the base and are closely related to the toucans.
[Probably from barb.]
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(Animals) any small tropical brightly coloured bird of the family Capitonidae, having short weak wings and a sharp stout bill with tuftlike feathers at its base: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
[C18: from French, ultimately from Latin barbātus bearded, barbate]
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any of numerous arboreal birds of the family Capitonidae, of the Old and New World tropics, having bristles at the base of the large bill.
[1745–55; < French « Latin barbātus <barb(a) beard]
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|Noun||1.||barbet - small brightly colored stout-billed tropical bird having short weak wings|
piciform bird - any of numerous nonpasserine insectivorous climbing birds usually having strong bills for boring wood
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