1A sharp projection near the end of an arrow, fishhook, or similar item, angled away from the main point so as to make extraction difficult.
- It was a simple hunting arrow, without a particularly sharp edge or barbs that would make it harder to remove.
- The head, neck, and rump are protected by quills, the tips of which are covered with backwards projecting barbs which make their removal painful and difficult.
- The physician should advance the fishhook to disengage the barb, then pull and twist it so that the point enters the lumen of the needle.
1.1A cluster of spikes on barbed wire.
- The barbed wire is, er, a piece of rusty barbed wire about 120 mm long - with one barb.
- The devices fire two barbs attached to a wire that deliver a 50,000-volt shock on contact for up to five seconds.
- The creeping mist coiled its tendrils round the spiky barbs like grasping fingers.
1.2A deliberately hurtful remark: his barb hurt more than she cared to admit
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- Although Ferguson spoke with only a semi-serious tone, there was a barb within his remarks, as is often the case with jokes.
- Everyone in that room expected me to reply to his hurtful comments with barbs of my own but I sat there quietly, fuming inside yet refusing to stoop to his level.
- Taunts that players receive when they're involved in road games may be brutal, but they don't inflict as much hurt as the barbs tossed at them by fans in their home park.
2.1Each of the fine hairlike filaments growing from the shaft of a feather, forming the vane.
- The feather was identified as eagle from its size, color, and the coarse texture of the pennaceous barbs.
- If you look at a feather under a microscope, you see the main stem, with barbs coming out to the left and right, and from these you have left-and right-handed barbules.
- Feathers, however bizarre or morphologically complex, consist essentially of a rachis, barbs, and barbules.
3A freshwater fish that typically has barbels around the mouth, popular in aquariums.
- Barbus and other genera, family Cyprinidae: numerous species, including the tiger barb (B. pentazona) and the rosy barb (B. conchonius).
- Many Indian species like catfish, dwarf and giant gourami, and barbs are popular abroad and fetch good prices.
- These species include the giant barb (a type of carp), the giant freshwater stingray, and the river catfish.
- Like East Africa's other Great Lakes, Lake Victoria was also colonized by other types of river fish, such as barbs and catfish.
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- Not only is the move good for the fish - barbless hooks are easier to remove from their mouths, meaning they're being handled less - but good for the fishers as well.
- Separate nets for large and small fish, barbless hooks, keepnet restrictions and minimum line strengths are all common regulations on the area's many stillwater fisheries.
- Using barbless hooks will always make the fish easier to release and if possible, try to do the releasing whilst the fish is still in the water.
Words that rhyme with barbcarb, garb, hijab, nawab, Punjab, sahib
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A small horse of a hardy breed originally from North Africa.
- The Rancho riding herd is usually 27 horses, mainly Spanish barbs and mixes of that breed.
- Spahis rode hardy little barb stallions, which they controlled with severe bits.
- She lets all her barbs hang like that; verging on the rhetorical.
Mid 17th century: from French barbe, from Italian barbero 'of Barbary'.
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