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[bahr-buh-leyt, bahr-bel-it, -eyt]
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adjective Botany, Zoology.
  1. having short, stiff hairs.
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Origin of barbellate

1840–50; < New Latin barbell(a), diminutive of Latin barbula little beard (see barbule, -elle) + -ate1
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  • Pappus of 15–40 capillary bristles, manifestly plumose or only barbellate.

    The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States

    Asa Gray

British Dictionary definitions for barbellate


  1. (of plants or plant organs) covered with barbs, hooks, or bristles
  2. (of animals) possessing bristles or barbels
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin barbellātus, from barbella short stiff hair, from Latin barbula a little beard, from barba beard
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