• A piece of defensive (or, sometimes, ornamental) armor for a horse's neck, breast, and flanks; a barb. (Often in the plural.)
  • The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree; the rind.
  • (by extension) A poet.

    "the bard of Avon"

  • (cooking) A thin slice of fat bacon used to cover any meat or game.
  • A professional poet and singer, as among the ancient Celts, whose occupation was to compose and sing verses in honor of the heroic achievements of princes and brave men.
  • Defensive armor formerly worn by a man at arms.
  • Specifically, Peruvian bark.


  • (cooking) To cover (meat or game) with a thin slice of fat bacon.
  • To cover a horse in defensive armor.

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