from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Tending to irritate; repellent: "He became rebarbative, prickly, spiteful” ( Robert Craft).
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- adj. Irritating, repellent.
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- adj. serving or tending to repel
French rébarbatif, from Old French, from (se) rebarber, to confront : re-, re- + barbe, beard (from Latin barba; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French rébarbatif, rébarbative ("repellent”, “disagreeable"), from Middle French rebarber ("to oppose”, “to stand up to") (from Old French re- + barbe ("barb”, “beard") (from Latin barba ("beard")) ≅ literally, “to stand beard to beard against”) + -atif ("-ative"). (Wiktionary)