Definition of barbel in English:

barbel

Line breaks: bar¦bel
Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːb(ə)l
 
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noun

1A fleshy filament growing from the mouth or snout of a fish.
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  • Sturgeon species are noted by a spindle-shaped body with five rows of bony scutes and a long snout with sensory barbels.
  • White Sturgeon have been described as opportunistic feeders, feeding on the bottom with their long snouts and using their barbels to detect food.
  • The epaulette shark's slender body is slightly flattened with a rounded snout, two short nasal barbels, and large spiracles.
2A large European freshwater fish of the carp family, which has barbels hanging from the mouth.
  • Barbus barbus, family Cyprinidae
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  • He pole-fished pellet to the trees for a mixed bag of carp, ide, barbel and chub.
  • In winter it was fantastic fishing roach, chub, silver bream and slabs with the odd barbel and carp.
  • The survey teams have been collecting data on the numbers of grayling, dace, barbel, chub, roach and pike in North Yorkshire.
3 [with modifier] An African marine or freshwater fish with barbels round the mouth.
  • Species in several families, including Tachysurus feliceps (family Aniidae), of southern African coasts and estuaries
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  • I have also witnessed an angler with a double figure barbel in his keepnet which was being transported along the bank so his son could take a picture.
  • An early season barbel could well be on the menu if the colour that is present lingers for another day.
  • And John Burrett's catch of big chub with three fish for over fifteen pounds: he also caught barbel recording seventy six in just one week.

Origin

late Middle English (in sense 2): via Old French from late Latin barbellus, diminutive of barbus 'barbel', from barba 'beard'.

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