• The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else.
  • Armor for a horse, corrupted from bard.
  • (zoology) A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; also improperly called whiting.
  • (obsolete) A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.
  • A plastic fastener, shaped roughly like a capital I (with serifs), used to attach socks etc. to their packaging.
  • A blackish or dun variety of pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
  • A beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it.
  • (zoology) Several species of freshwater fish of the cyprinid family.
  • (zoology) A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
  • (obsolete) A bit for a horse.
  • The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
  • (figuratively) A hurtful or disparaging remark.
  • (ornithology) One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane.
  • (botany) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
  • Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen. [Written also barbel and barble.]


  • (obsolete) To clip; to mow.
  • (obsolete) To shave or dress the beard of.
  • To cover a horse in armor, corrupted from bard.
  • To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.

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