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1. A sharp point projecting in reverse direction to the main point of a weapon or tool, as on an arrow or fishhook.
2. Zoology A small, sharp point projecting in reverse direction from the tip, as on a porcupine quill or a bee sting.
3. Zoology One of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather.
4. Botany A short, sharp, reflexed bristle or hairlike projection.
5. See barbel1.


a combining form used to indicate derivatives of barbituric acid.


1. originally a distinct line of black Australian kelpies, but now the term is generally applied to any black kelpie.
2. a riding horse of great antiquity native to North Africa; bay, brown, chestnut, black, gray and 14 to 15 hands high. The foundation of the andalusian breed.
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After the incident, Trevor posted the images of his bloodied face on Facebook along with the message: "WARNING up in Guisborough woods people, top of concrete road, BARBED WIRE across track, as you can see face height - well for me.
Now, thinking about barbed wire, it could be easy to consider related
Razor-barbed wire is far sharper than normal barbed wire and is designed to rip and grab onto clothing and skin.
has introduced a new line of barbed check valves as an extension to its SCV Series of check valves.
Barbed wire stretching around Sokh enclave continues in Batken region, reported the local government authorities.
A simple device was patented this month in 1868 that helped change the course of history in the American West - barbed wire.
Barbed sutures are experiencing resurgence in interest after almost 50 years of non-use.
772-g part's barbed legs are around 400 pm wide at the barbs, and the end where they are joined has a 500-pm hole.
An Israeli force has started constructing a new barbed-wire of 6 m height, around the observation post of Jabal el-Sheikh, as the old barbed wire was damaged during winter season, concluded the correspondent.
Recently, the field of plastic surgery was introduced to a new concept of barbed suture, which uses novel unidirectional (V-Loc, Covidien, Mansfield, MA) or bidirectional (Quill, Angiotech, Vancouver, BC) barbs to secure tension-free tissue approximation.
Barbed wire is not on my list, even though for decades it made the cheapest kind of fence and a lot of people still think it's the only affordable game in town.