from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the slender, whiskerlike tactile organs extending from the head of certain fishes, such as catfishes. Also called barb1.
- n. Any of several Old World freshwater fish of the genus Barbus, especially B. barbus, having four barbels on its upper jaw.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A freshwater fish of the genus Barbus.
- n. Whisker-like sensory organs, located around the mouth of certain fish, including catfish, carp, goatfish, sturgeon, and some types of shark.
- n. A barb or pap under the tongues of horses and cattle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A slender tactile organ on the lips of certain fishes.
- n. A large fresh-water fish (Barbus vulgaris) found in many European rivers. Its upper jaw is furnished with four barbels.
- n. Barbs or paps under the tongues of horses and cattle. See 1st Barb, 3.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common English name of the fish Barbus vulgaris, also extended to other species of the genus Barbus.
- n. A small cylindrical vermiform process appended to the mouth of certain fishes, serving as an organ of touch.
- n. A knot of superfluous flesh growing in the channel of a horse's mouth. Also barble and barb.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish
Obsolete French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin barbula, diminutive of Late Latin barbus, beard, from Latin barba.
Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin *barbellus, diminutive of barbus, from Latin barba, beard; see barbel1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French barbel. (Wiktionary)