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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

2
a breed of horse of North African origin, similar to the Arab but less spirited

barb

3
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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In the movie, Christian Bables played Barb and bagged a best supporting actor award as he charmed audiences with his portrayal of the make-up artist for Barb's dead BFF.
By carefully removing the barbs' from the quill, we discovered that in addition to their physical features, the location of barbs on the quill played a major role in minimizing penetration forces and maximizing the work needed to yank them from the tissue," said Woo Kyung Cho, PhD, BWH Division of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Medicine, first study author.
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).
Gidden's Barb is the square strand variation that utilized two-strand spiraling square wire with two-point wire barbs and was used by the Union Pacific Railroad.
Processed feather barbs could be useful in many more products.
Barbs certainly doesn't hold back when it comes to expressing her wants, which move from candid discussion of ovulation and spermicidal cream to prompt more turkey-baster jokes than one would have thought possible.
Martin del Rosario is officially the Barbs to Paolo Ballesteros' Trisha in 'Born Beautiful.
One especially tricky case involves species where the males have mating organs that are supplied with hooks, barbs, and flukes that cause internal injuries in females during mating.
5" sanitary flanges by 1/8", 1/4", 318" and 1/2" barbs.