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Definition of "barb" []

  • A sharp point projecting in reverse direction to the main point of a weapon or tool, as on an arrow or fishhook. (noun)
  • A cutting remark. (noun)
  • Zoology One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather. (noun)
  • Botany A short, sharply hooked bristle or hairlike projection. (noun)
  • See barbel1. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "barb" in a sentence
  • "CK Yeo Eirmotus insignis, or the eight-banded barb, is a zebra-striped fish."
  • "I've seen guys wrap a bird in barb wire but I would think that this would make thim shy away from grabbing the bird at all."
  • "Every time I took my setter out he got mixed up in barb wire and it cost me then $50 un-inflated bucks a crack to have the vet sow him up."