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any of several stocky, tropical birds of the family Capitonidae, having a stout bill with bristles at the base.
Historical Examples

Such kindness was customary with the pre barbet, who did not like to be reminded of his generosity.
Louis Pasteur Ren Vallery-Radot

Megalaima henrici brachyrhyncha Neumann: Yellow-crowned barbet.
Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson

So you are a publisher, and you have come here to get my work away from barbet, Metivier, and Morand?
The Brotherhood of Consolation Honore de Balzac

“You won’t find any one that will take their paper,” said barbet.
A Distinguished Provincial at Paris Honore de Balzac

I could not do better than go down to barbet’s circulating library, and look out some good works there.
The Doctor’s Dilemma Hesba Stretton

I have also a bill at–at barbet’s, in the Passage de l’Opéra.
In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards

barbet the book-seller was interested in it; he turned it into a lodging-house, where dwelt Baron Bourlac.
Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A — Z Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe

Good forms of capped traps are those shown in Figs. 24, 25 devised by barbet.
A Practical Handbook on the Distillation of Alcohol from Farm Products F. B. Wright

That woman resolved to have Godefroid’s money and barbet’s too.
The Brotherhood of Consolation Honore de Balzac

For thick washes, which tends to obstruct the slits of the cap, barbet has devised the cap shown at the right in Fig. 25.
A Practical Handbook on the Distillation of Alcohol from Farm Products F. B. Wright

any small tropical brightly coloured bird of the family Capitonidae, having short weak wings and a sharp stout bill with tuftlike feathers at its base: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)


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