[bahr-buh-leyt, bahr-bel-it, -eyt]

adjective Botany, Zoology.

having short, stiff hairs.

Origin of barbellate

1840–50; < New Latin barbell(a), diminutive of Latin barbula little beard (see barbule, -elle) + -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(of plants or plant organs) covered with barbs, hooks, or bristles
(of animals) possessing bristles or barbels

Word Origin for barbellate

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