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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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Barb Swehla and Robert Allen will provide a presentation at the Montana Hospital Association's Annual Convention in Billings, September 2010
In this sense, the casting call for the Barb Wire videos--ads were placed on Craigslist and in trade publications such as Back Stage--marked a rather significant shift toward mainstream Hollywood preproduction.
Barb married Peter Hancock in 1972 at Haberfield and they had three beautiful daughters, Nikki, Shelly and Brooke.
The formation of the extended cavities in the medulla of rami derives from the degeneration of the central group of barb cells (medullary) that instead of accumulate the resistant feather keratin like the other barb cells (cortical) and barbule cells undergo a process of vacuolization (Matulionis, 1970; Alibardi, 2005a).
His condition was described as "critical but stable" at Broward General Medical Centre, in Fort Lauderdale, where doctors discovered the barb had punctured his heart.
A stingray's strongly serrated barb can grow up to 20cm long and is capable of tearing and rendering flesh.
Barb finds herself moved by how eager Lydia is for this Life.
For a more sensitive fluid control fitting, duckbill check valves feature the same highly polished barb with a silicone duckbill valve.
Hard-Line tees feature a barb designed for use with harder durometer tubing such as polyethylene 55 Shore D and polypropropylene 80 durometer.
Stand the splice upright on a workbench and push one cut end over the barb until the hose is fully seated.