Barbed wire, a wire, or a strand of twisted wires, armed with barbs or sharp points. It is used for fences.

(Bar"bel) n. [OF. barbel, F. barbeau, dim. of L. barbus barbel, fr. barba beard. See 1st Barb.]

1. (Zoöl.) A slender tactile organ on the lips of certain fishes.

2. (Zoöl.) A large fresh-water fish (Barbus vulgaris) found in many European rivers. Its upper jaw is furnished with four barbels.

3. pl. Barbs or paps under the tongues of horses and cattle. See 1st Barb, 3.

(Bar"bel*late) a. [See 1st Barb.] (Bot.) Having short, stiff hairs, often barbed at the point. Gray.

(Bar*bel"lu*late) a. (Bot.) Barbellate with diminutive hairs or barbs.

(Bar"ber) n. [OE. barbour, OF. barbeor, F. barbier, as if fr. an assumed L. barbator, fr. barba beard. See 1st Barb.] One whose occupation it is to shave or trim the beard, and to cut and dress the hair of his patrons.

Barber's itch. See under Itch.

Formerly the barber practiced some offices of surgery, such as letting blood and pulling teeth. Hence such terms as barber surgeon barber surgery, etc.

(Bar"ber), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barbered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Barbering.] To shave and dress the beard or hair of. Shak.

Barber fish
(Bar"ber fish). (Zoöl.) See Surgeon fish.

(Bar"ber*mon`ger) n. A fop. [Obs.]

(Bar"ber*ry) n. [OE. barbarin, barbere, OF. berbere.] (Bot.) A shrub of the genus Berberis, common along roadsides and in neglected fields. B. vulgaris is the species best known; its oblong red

1. A hog, ox, or other large animal roasted or broiled whole for a feast.

2. A social entertainment, where many people assemble, usually in the open air, at which one or more large animals are roasted or broiled whole.

3. A floor, on which coffee beans are sun- dried.

(Bar"be*cue) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barbecued ; p. pr. & vb. n. Barbecuing.]

1. To dry or cure by exposure on a frame or gridiron.

They use little or no salt, but barbecue their game and fish in the smoke.

2. To roast or broil whole, as an ox or hog.

Send me, gods, a whole hog barbecued.

(Barbed) a. [See 4th Barb.] Accoutered with defensive armor; — said of a horse. See Barded (which is the proper form.) Sir W. Raleigh.

(Barbed), a. Furnished with a barb or barbs; as, a barbed arrow; barbed wire.

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