American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of the minute, hooked projections extending from and interlocking the barbules of a feather.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ornithology, a fringing process of the third order of a feather; a fringe of a barbule; one of the processes with which a barbule is fringed, differing from a hamulus or hooklet in not being recurved.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the small hooklike processes on the barbules of feathers.
- New Latin barbicella, diminutive of Latin barba, beard. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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