- one of the minute processes fringing the barbules of certain feathers.
Origin of barbicel
1865–70; < New Latin barbicella, equivalent to Latin barbi- (combining form of barba beard) + -cella diminutive suffix
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- ornithol any of the minute hooks on the barbules of feathers that interlock with those of adjacent barbules
C19: from New Latin barbicella, literally: a small beard, from Latin barba beard
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