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barb

(bärb)
n.
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.
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Inspector Nayman Dunderdale was sent to the scene and could see the barbed wire had caught in the cat's skin near his back leg and was causing it to rip.
Later in the day, Sayuti said the barbed wire along the stretch near the border stone were at best waist-high, describing how he simply stepped over the wire to enter Thailand.
Mr Evans removed the barbed wire and handed it to a staff member from Natural Resources Wales, who was parked in a van nearby.
Now there does not seem to be much difference: barbed wire is certainly not beautiful, nor is the presence of fifteen thousand armed troops much of a commendation that the US is to be a beacon of friendly welcoming democracy to economical or political impoverished people.
Pakistan is pursuing a plan to lay down barbed wire on the 2,430-kilometer Durand Line.
The Afghan forces would not allow the Pakistani troops to install barbed wire on the border, he added.
Normal barbed wire--barbed wire less than a century old--can be formed into a loop so that a new section can be looped in.
However, the surgical world knows little about the adverse events associated with this new device, and nowadays, concerns have arisen regarding the safety of the barbed suture.
PHA said CCTV cameras and walk through gates have been installed in Commercial Market park and barbed wire is being laid on boundary wall.
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.
tax-paying citizens: "Whatever happened to all that barbed