Definition of barbet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːbɪt/


A large-headed, brightly coloured 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.
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.


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

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