<zoology> A variety of small dog, having long curly hair.

A bird of the family Bucconidae, allied to the Cuckoos, having a large, conical beak swollen at the base, and bearded with five bunches of stiff bristles; the puff bird. It inhabits tropical America and Africa.

A larva that feeds on aphides.

Origin: F. Barbet, fr.barbe beard, long hair of certain animals. See Barb beard.

(01 Mar 1998)

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