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[ bahr-bit ]
/ ˈbɑr bɪt /


any of several stocky, tropical birds of the family Capitonidae, having a stout bill with bristles at the base.

Nearby words

barbershop, barbershop singing, barbershopper, barberton, barberton daisy, barbet, barbette, barbican, barbicel, barbie, barbie doll

Origin of barbet

1745–55; < FrenchLatin barbātus; see barbate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for barbet


/ (ˈbɑːbɪt) /


any small tropical brightly coloured bird of the family Capitonidae, having short weak wings and a sharp stout bill with tuftlike feathers at its base: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)

Word Origin for barbet

C18: from French, ultimately from Latin barbātus bearded, barbate
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