a small barb.
any of the small processes fringing the barbs of a feather.
a very small barb
(ornithol) any of the minute hairs that project from a barb and in some feathers interlock by hooks and grooves, forming a flat vane
A small barb or pointed projection, especially one that fringes the edges of the barbs of feathers.
Henri [ahn-ree] /ɑ̃ˈri/ (Show IPA), 1873?–1935, French journalist and author. Historical Examples Save in the last chapter, wherein Barbusse expounds his ideas on social questions, we do not make the author’s acquaintance. The Forerunners Romain Rolland Barbusse’s story is that of a single squad, almost entirely composed of workers and peasants. The Forerunners Romain Rolland […]
barby noun A barbecue: Put a shrimp on the barby for me/ which is sure to have Aussies everywhere ducking under their barbies (1980s+ Australian) Historical Examples Scotty, suppose you get the binoculars for barby, then rig up a fan. The Electronic Mind Reader John Blaine From what barby says, she has grown hard and […]
noun a trademark for a distinctive type of deeply padded lounging chair Examples He sat in the Barcalounger with the remote control and was content. Word Origin for Edward J. Barcolo + lounger
an ancient Carthaginian family to which Hamilcar, Hasdrubal, and Hannibal belonged. Cyrenaica. Historical Examples The Hannonian family seems to have made the greatest figure in the senate; the barcan in the field. Reflections on the Rise and Fall of the Ancient Republicks Edward Wortley Montagu Though the barcan family produced some great officers, who at […]