bar·bel 1 (bärbəl)
One of the slender, whiskerlike tactile organs extending from the head of certain fishes, such as catfishes. Also called barb1.
[Obsolete French, from Old French, from Medieval Latin barbula, diminutive of Late Latin barbus, beard, from Latin barba; see bhardh-ā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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barbels on a channel catfish
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