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adjective Botany, Zoology.
  1. tufted or furnished with hairs; bearded.
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Origin of barbate

1850–55; < Latin barbātus, equivalent to barb(a) beard + -ātus -ate1
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shaggy, unshaven, bewhiskered, whiskered, bristly, bushy, hairy, hirsute, barbate, beardy, stubbled, stubbly

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British Dictionary definitions for barbate


  1. mainly biology having tufts of long hairs; bearded
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin barba a beard
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