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Variant of bark3.
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1. (Nautical Terms) a sailing ship of three or more masts having the foremasts rigged square and the aftermast rigged fore-and-aft
2. poetic any boat, esp a small sailing vessel
[C15: from Old French, from Old Provençal barca, from Late Latin, of unknown origin]
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1. the abrupt, explosive cry of a dog.
2. a similar sound made by another animal, as a fox.
3. a short, explosive sound, as of firearms.
4. a brusque order, reply, etc.
5. a cough.v.i.
6. (of a dog or other animal) to utter an abrupt, explosive cry.
7. to make a similar sound: The big guns barked.
8. to speak sharply or gruffly.
9. to advertise some attraction, as a carnival sideshow, by standing outside and calling to passersby.
10. to cough.v.t.
11. to utter in a harsh, shouting tone: to bark orders at subordinates.Idioms:
bark up the wrong tree, to misdirect one's thoughts or efforts.
[before 900; Middle English berken, Old English beorcan; akin to Old English borcian to bark, Old Norse berkja to bluster]
1. the external covering of the woody stems, branches, and roots of plants, as distinct and separable from the wood itself.
2. a mixture of oak and hemlock barks used in tanning.
3. candy, usu. of chocolate with large pieces of nuts, made in flat sheets.v.t.
4. to scrape the skin of, as by bumping into something.
5. to treat with a bark infusion; tan.
6. to strip the bark from; peel.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old Norse bǫrkr (genitive barkar)]
1. a sailing vessel having three or more masts, square-rigged on all but the aftermost.
2. (formerly) any boat or sailing vessel.
[1425–75; late Middle English barke < Old French barque « Late Latin barca, Latin *bārica, bāris < Greek bâris Egyptian barge < Coptic barī barge]
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