barbel

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From Old French barbel.

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barbel (plural barbels)

  1. A freshwater fish of the genus Barbus.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      The Barble fishes, if one of them chance to be engaged, will set the line against their backes, and with a fin they have, toothed like a sharp saw, presently saw and fret the same asunder.
  2. (biology) Whisker-like sensory organs, located around the mouth of certain fish, including catfish, carp, goatfish, sturgeon, and some types of shark.
  3. A barb or pap under the tongues of horses and cattle.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin barbula.

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barbel m (oblique plural barbés, nominative singular barbés, nominative plural barbel)

  1. barb (something which stands out with a sharp point)

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Etymology 2[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *barbellus, from Late Latin barbulus, diminutive of Latin barbus (a type of fish).

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barbel m (oblique plural barbés, nominative singular barbés, nominative plural barbel)

  1. barbel (fish)

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