- causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.
Origin of rebarbative
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- fearsome; forbidding
C19: from French rébarbatif, from Old French rebarber to repel (an enemy), to withstand (him) face to face, from re- + barbe beard, from Latin barba
Word Origin and History for rebarbative
"repellent, unattractive," 1885, from French rébarbatif (14c.), from barbe "beard," from Latin barba (see barb (n.)).
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