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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Kingfish  \King"fish`\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  An  American  marine  food  fish  of  the  genus  {Menticirrus}, 
  especially  {M.  saxatilis},  or  {M.  nebulosos},  of  the 
  Atlantic  coast;  --  called  also  {whiting},  {surf  whiting}, 
  and  {barb}. 
  b  The  opah. 
  c  The  common  cero;  also  the  spotted  cero.  See  {Cero}. 
  d  The  queenfish. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barb  \Barb\,  n.  [F.  barbe,  fr  L.  barba  beard.  See  {Beard},  n.] 
  1.  Beard,  or  that  which  resembles  it  or  grows  in  the  place 
  of  it 
 
  The  barbel,  so  called  by  reason  of  his  barbs,  or 
  wattles  in  his  mouth.  --Walton. 
 
  2.  A  muffler,  worn  by  nuns  and  mourners.  [Obs.] 
 
  3.  pl  Paps,  or  little  projections,  of  the  mucous  membrane, 
  which  mark  the  opening  of  the  submaxillary  glands  under 
  the  tongue  in  horses  and  cattle.  The  name  is  mostly 
  applied  when  the  barbs  are  inflamed  and  swollen.  [Written 
  also  {barbel}  and  {barble}.] 
 
  4.  The  point  that  stands  backward  in  an  arrow,  fishhook, 
  etc.,  to  prevent  it  from  being  easily  extracted.  Hence: 
  Anything  which  stands  out  with  a  sharp  point  obliquely  or 
  crosswise  to  something  else.  ``Having  two  barbs  or 
  points.''  --Ascham. 
 
  5.  A  bit  for  a  horse.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  6.  (Zo["o]l.)  One  of  the  side  branches  of  a  feather,  which 
  collectively  constitute  the  vane.  See  {Feather}. 
 
  7.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  southern  name  for  the  kingfishes  of  the 
  eastern  and  southeastern  coasts  of  the  United  States;  -- 
  also  improperly  called  {whiting}. 
 
  8.  (Bot.)  A  hair  or  bristle  ending  in  a  double  hook. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barb  \Barb\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Barbed}  (?);  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Barbing}.] 
  1.  To  shave  or  dress  the  beard  of  [Obs.] 
 
  2.  To  clip;  to  mow.  [Obs.]  --Marston. 
 
  3.  To  furnish  with  barbs,  or  with  that  which  will  hold  or 
  hurt  like  barbs,  as  an  arrow,  fishhook,  spear,  etc 
 
  But  rattling  storm  of  arrows  barbed  with  fire. 
  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barb  \Barb\,  n.  [F.  barbe,  fr  Barbarie.] 
  1.  The  Barbary  horse,  a  superior  breed  introduced  from 
  Barbary  into  Spain  by  the  Moors. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  blackish  or  dun  variety  of  the  pigeon, 
  originally  brought  from  Barbary. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barb  \Barb\,  n.  [Corrupted  fr  bard.] 
  Armor  for  a  horse.  Same  as  2d  {Bard},  n.,  1. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barb 
  n  1:  an  aggressive  remark  directed  at  a  person  like  a  missile  and 
  intended  to  have  a  telling  effect;  "his  parting  shot  was 
  `drop  dead'";  "she  threw  shafts  of  sarcasm";  "she  takes 
  a  dig  at  me  every  chance  she  gets"  [syn:  {shot},  {shaft}, 
  {slam},  {dig},  {jibe},  {gibe}] 
  2:  the  pointed  part  of  barbed  wire 
  3:  a  subsidiary  point  facing  opposite  from  the  main  point  that 
  makes  an  object  hard  to  remove 
  4:  one  of  the  parallel  filaments  projecting  from  the  main  shaft 
  of  a  feather 
  v  1:  provide  with  barbs;  "barbed  wire" 
  2:  provide  with  barbs,  as  of  fences,  for  example;  "barbed  wire" 




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