barb


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kingfish \King"fish`\ (k[i^]ng"f[i^]sh`), n. (Zool.)
   (a) An American marine food fish of the genus Menticirrus,
       especially Menticirrus saxatilis, or {Menticirrus
       nebulosos}, of the Atlantic coast; -- called also
       whiting, surf whiting, and barb.
   (b) The opah.
   (c) The common cero; also, the spotted cero. See Cero.
   (d) The queenfish.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barb \Barb\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barbed (b[aum]rbd); p. pr. &
   vb. n. Barbing.]
   1. To shave or dress the beard of. [Obs.]
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   2. To clip; to mow. [Obs.] --Marston.
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   3. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or
      hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.
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            But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire.
                                                  --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barb \Barb\ (b[aum]rb), n. [F. barbe, fr. L. barba beard. See
   Beard, n.]
   1. Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place
      of it.
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            The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs, or
            wattles in his mouth.                 --Walton.
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   2. A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners. [Obs.]
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   3. pl. 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.]
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   4. 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. "Having two barbs or points."
      --Ascham.
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   5. A bit for a horse. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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   6. (Zool.) One of the side branches of a feather, which
      collectively constitute the vane. See Feather.
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   7. (Zool.) A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern
      and southeastern coasts of the United States; -- also
      improperly called whiting.
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   8. (Bot.) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barb \Barb\, n. [F. barbe, fr. Barbarie.]
   1. The Barbary horse, a superior breed introduced from
      Barbary into Spain by the Moors.
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   2. (Zool.) A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon,
      originally brought from Barbary.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barb \Barb\, n. [Corrupted fr. bard.]
   Armor for a horse. Same as 2d Bard, n., 1.
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