(Bar"bi*can Bar"ba*can) n. [OE. barbican, barbecan, F. barbacane, LL. barbacana, barbicana,
of uncertain origin: cf. Ar. barbakh aqueduct, sewer. F. barbacane also means, an opening to let out
1. (Fort.) A tower or advanced work defending the entrance to a castle or city, as at a gate or bridge.
It was often large and strong, having a ditch and drawbridge of its own.
2. An opening in the wall of a fortress, through which missiles were discharged upon an enemy.
(Bar"bi*can*age Bar"ba*can*age) n. [LL. barbicanagium. See Barbican.] Money paid
for the support of a barbican. [Obs.] Bouvier.
(Bar"bi*cel) n. [NL. barbicella, dim. of L. barba. See 1st Barb.] (Zoöl.) One of the small
hooklike processes on the barbules of feathers.
(||Bar"biers) n. (Med.) A variety of paralysis, peculiar to India and the Malabar coast; considered
by many to be the same as beriberi in a chronic form.
(Bar*big"er*ous) a. [L. barba a beard + -gerous.] Having a beard; bearded; hairy.
(||Bar"bi*ton) n. [L., fr. Gr. ba`rbiton.] (Mus.) An ancient Greek instrument resembling a
(Bar`bi*tu"ric ac"id) (Chem.) A white, crystalline substance, CH2(CO.NH)2.CO, derived
from alloxantin, also from malonic acid and urea, and regarded as a substituted urea.
(Bar"ble) n. See Barbel.
(Bar"bo*tine) n. [F.] A paste of clay used in decorating coarse pottery in relief.
(Bar"bre) a. Barbarian. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Bar"bule) n. [L. barbula, fr. barba beard.]
1. A very minute barb or beard. Booth.
2. (Zoöl.) One of the processes along the edges of the barbs of a feather, by which adjacent barbs
interlock. See Feather.