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barb

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1. any of the numerous hairlike filaments that form the vane of a feather
2. a beardlike growth in certain animals
3. a hooked hair or projection on certain fruits
4. any small cyprinid fish of the genus Barbus (or Puntius) and related genera, such as B. conchonius (rosy barb)
5. any of the small fleshy protuberances beneath the tongue in horses and cattle

barb

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a breed of horse of North African origin, similar to the Arab but less spirited

barb

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Austral a black kelpie (see kelpie)

barb

[bärb]
(meteorology)
A means of representing wind speed in the plotting of a synoptic chart, being a short, straight line drawn obliquely toward lower pressure from the end of a wind-direction shaft. Also known as feather.
(vertebrate zoology)
A side branch on the shaft of a bird's feather.
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The barbs can be thought of as similar to serrated blades that require less work to cut tissue by localizing forces at the tips of the teeth of the blade.
All surgeons used double powder-free gloves (Ansell, Dothan, AL) in all cases; surgeons exchanged their outer gloves just prior to barb suture handling and removed the gloves immediately upon completion of the suture handling.
26] Such results may be due to the fact that the Quill suture utilizes a cutting rather than a tapered needle, is smaller in diameter when compared to the size-matched V-Loc and has less barbs (28 barbs/inch).
Processed feather barbs could be useful in many more products.
We also show that males with long barbs cause more severe injuries to females, but also that these males have a greater rate of fertilization success," says Arnqvist.
The BOSS implant, along with BME's OSSAnchor(TM) Grip soft tissue anchor, are the first orthopaedic nitinol implants to feature barbs for improved pull-out resistance, a new surface treatment that minimizes metal ion release, and a roughened surface texture for bone in-growth.
In the troughs between wing-feather barbs, tiny hooked filaments interlock.
In succeeding generations of animals, these barbs evolved smaller structures, called barbules and barbicels, that hook neighboring barbs together.
Anglers want to capture `the big fish,' and we can help make this lake even more of a hot spot, but it would take some changes, like gear restrictions - no artificial lures with barbs - and size limits on what can be taken out.
Another type of weapon includes the hand-held electric stun gun and the taser, which delivers an electric shock through two wire-tethered barbs fired from the device.
The birds differ from other tool-making wild animals, including other birds, in several respects, he contends: The crows make two types of tools, the implements show "a high degree of standardization," and the tools have hooks and barbs.
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