a small barb.
any of the small processes fringing the barbs of a feather.
Origin of barbule
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a very small barb
ornithol any of the minute hairs that project from a barb and in some feathers interlock by hooks and grooves, forming a flat vane
Word Origin for barbule
C19: from Latin barbula a little beard, from barba beard
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A small barb or pointed projection, especially one that fringes the edges of the barbs of feathers.
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