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

1745–55; < FrenchLatin barbātus; see barbate
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Examples from the Web for barbet

Historical Examples

  • Megalaima henrici brachyrhyncha Neumann: Yellow-crowned Barbet.

    Birds from North Borneo

    Max C. Thompson

  • That woman resolved to have Godefroid's money and Barbet's too.

  • Baron Bourlac immediately resolved to go straight to Barbet.

  • "My word, I don't know that I have them," said Barbet, fumbling in his pockets.

  • "You won't find any one that will take their paper," said Barbet.

British Dictionary definitions for barbet


  1. 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)
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Word Origin

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