[ bahr-buh-leyt, bahr-bel-it, -eyt ]
/ ˈbɑr bəˌleɪt, bɑrˈbɛl ɪt, -eɪt /
adjective Botany, Zoology.
having short, stiff hairs.
- barbed tributary,
- barbed wire,
- barbed-wire grass,
- barber chair,
- barber college,
- barber of seville, the
Origin of barbellate
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Examples from the Web for barbellate
Pappus of 15–40 capillary bristles, manifestly plumose or only barbellate.
/ (ˈbɑːbɪˌleɪt, bɑːˈbɛlɪt, -eɪt) /
(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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