- any of several stocky, tropical birds of the family Capitonidae, having a stout bill with bristles at the base.
Origin of barbet
1745–55; < French ≪ Latin barbātus; see barbate
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Megalaima henrici brachyrhyncha Neumann: Yellow-crowned Barbet.Birds from North Borneo
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That woman resolved to have Godefroid's money and Barbet's too.
Baron Bourlac immediately resolved to go straight to Barbet.
"My word, I don't know that I have them," said Barbet, fumbling in his pockets.
"You won't find any one that will take their paper," said Barbet.
- any small tropical brightly coloured bird of the family Capitonidae, having short weak wings and a sharp stout bill with tuftlike feathers at its base: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
C18: from French, ultimately from Latin barbātus bearded, barbate
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