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bark 1

1. The harsh sound uttered by a dog.
2. A sound, such as a cough, that is similar to a dog's bark.
v. barked, bark·ing, barks
1. To utter a bark.
2. To make a sound similar to a bark: "The birds bark softly, sounding almost like young pups" (Charleston SC News and Courier).
3. To speak sharply; snap: "a spot where you can just drop in ... without anyone's barking at you for failing to plan ahead" (Andy Birsh).
4. To work as a barker, as at a carnival.
To utter in a loud, harsh voice: The quarterback barked out the signals.
bark up the wrong tree
To misdirect one's energies or attention.

[From Middle English berken, to bark, from Old English beorcan.]

bark 2

1. The tough outer covering of the woody stems and roots of trees, shrubs, and other woody plants. It includes all tissues outside the vascular cambium.
2. A specific kind of bark used for a special purpose, as in tanning or medicine.
tr.v. barked, bark·ing, barks
1. To remove bark from (a tree or log).
2. To rub off the skin of; abrade: barked my shin on the car door.
3. To tan or dye (leather or fabric) by steeping in an infusion of bark.
4. To treat (a patient) using a medicinal bark infusion.

[Middle English, from Old Norse börkr.]

bark′y adj.

bark 3

also barque  (bärk)
1. A sailing ship with from three to five masts, all of them square-rigged except the after mast, which is fore-and-aft rigged.
2. A small vessel that is propelled by oars or sails.

[Middle English barke, boat, from Old French barque, from Old Italian barca, from Latin; akin to Latin bāris, Egyptian flatbottom boat, from Greek, from Egyptian byr, br.]
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adj, -kier or -kiest
1. consisting of or being covered in bark
2. resembling bark in texture or appearance
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(ˈbɑr ki)

adj. bark•i•er, bark•i•est.
1. containing or covered with bark.
2. resembling bark.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.barky - resembling the rough bark of a treebarky - resembling the rough bark of a tree; "the rattlesnake's barky scales"
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
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References in classic literature ?
"They will get the poor barky," I stammered out suddenly, almost on the verge of tears.
While she investigates whether it was Barky or Michalakis that left a message for her, I observe the moon.
The Melonite-coated stainless steel barrel has a 1:7 twist and a low-profile pinned gas block under the free-floated M-LOK handguard, which features a "hand stop" to ensure you keep your digits clear of the shorty barrel's barky end.
Cough may provide information on the possible cause of the disease, for example, prolonged cough accompanied by wracking is seen in pertussis, while hoarse or barky cough is typical for croup.
He can be a little barky at other dogs when out on lead (this will improve with regular socialisation) and we think he would prefer a home where he could be the only dog and have his family's undivided attention.
Far most safely at barky cough starting, much worse at night time, not so bad through the day.
his delivery becomes browbeating, unsubtle, barky, as often happens with a once-fine voice in decline" (144).
(See "Barky Breeds," page 21.) Dogs also bark for a variety of reasons.
Other examples of heuristics in pediatrics include the associations between barky cough and croup, slapped-cheek rash and parvovirus, and thumbprint sign and epiglottitis.