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One entry found for barb.
Main Entry: barb
Pronunciation: primarystressbärb
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English barbe "barb, beard," from early French barbe (same meaning), from Latin barba "beard" --related to BARBER
1 a : a sharp point that sticks out and backward (as from the point of an arrow or fishhook) b : any of various sharp parts (as the side branch of a feather) that stick out from a plant or animal
2 : an often witty remark intended to hurt a person's feelings
- barbĚless /-lschwas/ adjective

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