Definition of barbet in English:

barbet

Syllabification: bar·bet
Pronunciation: /ˈbärbit
 
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noun

  • A large-headed, brightly colored, fruit-eating bird that has a stout bill with tufts of bristles at the base. Barbets are found on all continents, especially in the tropics.
    • Family Capitonidae: numerous genera and species
    More example sentences
    • Lovebirds, barbets, tits and finches warm themselves in the cozy chambers built by the weavers.
    • The green hills are a-quiver with babblers, bushchats, bulbuls, barbets, crow pheasants, and the laughing thrush of the Palni hills.
    • ‘We feed the birds in our garden and have enjoyed seeing several parents feeding their young - among them bulbuls, barbets, mousebirds and weavers,’ she says.

Origin

late 16th century (denoting a poodle until the early 19th century): from French, from barbe 'beard' (see barb1). The current sense dates from the early 19th century.

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