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noun Ornithology.
  1. one of the minute processes fringing the barbules of certain feathers.
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Origin of barbicel

1865–70; < New Latin barbicella, equivalent to Latin barbi- (combining form of barba beard) + -cella diminutive suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for barbicel


  1. ornithol any of the minute hooks on the barbules of feathers that interlock with those of adjacent barbules
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Word Origin

C19: from New Latin barbicella, literally: a small beard, from Latin barba beard
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