Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various brightly colored tropical birds of the family Capitonidae that have a broad bill with bristles at the base and are related to the toucans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of many birds of the family Capitonidae, within the order Piciformes
  • n. A breed of small dog, with long curly hair.
  • n. A larva that feeds on aphids.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A variety of small dog, having long curly hair.
  • n. A bird of the family Bucconidæ, allied to the Cuckoos, having a large, conical beak swollen at the base, and bearded with five bunches of stiff bristles; the puff bird. It inhabits tropical America and Africa.
  • n. A larva that feeds on aphids.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small beard.
  • n. A part of the helmet in use in the sixteenth century; either the fixed beaver or mentonnière, or the lower part of the vizor when made in two pieces, so that either could be raised without the other. Compare barbute. Also spelled barbett.
  • n. A variety of dog having long curly hair; a poodle.
  • n. In ornithology, any bird of the families Capitonidæ (or Megalæmidæ) and Bucconidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small brightly colored stout-billed tropical bird having short weak wings

Etymologies

Probably from barb1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French, from barbe ("beard", "long hair of certain animals") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jerdon's courser Rhinoptilus bitorquatus Phasianidae Ceylon junglefowl Gallus lafayetii Capitonidae Yellow-fronted barbet Megalaima flavifrons An asterisk signifies that the species 'range is limited to this ecoregion.

    Deccan thorn scrub forests

  • Also found here are the plain-winged antwren (Myrmotherula behni), dusky spinetail (Synallaxis moesta), lemon-throated barbet (Eubucco richardsoni), and zone-tailed hawk (Buteo albonotatus).

    Caqueta moist forests

  • Chaplin's barbet (Lybius chaplini) is endemic to south central Zambia, concentrated in the Kafue basin between Kafue National Park and Lusaka.

    Zambezian flooded grasslands

  • Along the main road, there was a licensed stall selling wild birds stuck in impossibly small cages, including fledgling hill mynas obviously taken from the nest and as yet unable to feed themselves, shamas, doves, hanging parrots, even a young barbet.

    KOTA BELUD BIRD SANCTUARY

  • He mentioned a half-dozen species, including the yellowheaded weaver, the rosy barbet, and the Javanese three-toed woodpecker.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • Chee peep, chee peep, a barbet called stridently in the branches of the kaffir boom tree under which they waited.

    When the Lion Feeds

  • There, bending over barbet pieces, I overheard fragments of their conversation.

    Under the Rose

  • The birds seen were the jay, barbet, red-and-black-headed, variegated short-wing, large ditto of

    Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and the Neighbouring Countries

  • A neatly-cut circular hole, about the size of a rupee, on the lower surface or the side of a branch is assuredly the entrance to the nest of a coppersmith, a green barbet, or a woodpecker.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • The _tonk_, _tonk_, _tonk_ of the coppersmith is rarely heard in October; during the greater part of the cold weather this barbet is a silent creature, reminding us of its presence now and then by calling out _wow_ softly, as if half ashamed at the sound of its voice.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

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  • I'm a bold man, Haskins. Have you ever tried catching a berry with your beak? I have and it's not at all difficult.

    March 10, 2011

  • It would be a bold man indeed who would say that a toucan, with his huge, unwieldy beak and his appetite for tiny berries which he must throw into the air and catch in his throat on their way down because of it, is better off than the reasonably normal barbet from which he apparently arose.

    - Caryl P. Haskins, Of Ants and Men, 1939, p. 216

    December 17, 2008