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barbule

[bahr-byool]
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noun
  1. a small barb.
  2. any of the small processes fringing the barbs of a feather.
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Origin of barbule

From the Latin word barbula, dating back to 1825–35. See barb1, -ule
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British Dictionary definitions for barbule

barbule

noun
  1. a very small barb
  2. ornithol any of the minute hairs that project from a barb and in some feathers interlock by hooks and grooves, forming a flat vane
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin barbula a little beard, from barba beard
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barbule in Science

barbule

[bärbyōōl]
  1. A small barb or pointed projection, especially one that fringes the edges of the barbs of feathers.
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