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Barbs

Regional drug slang for cocaine.

barbs

lateral lamellae which project from the quill or calamus of the FEATHER and form the vane.
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But though boats have been taken down and lost in this way, yet it is this holding on, as it is called; this hooking up by the sharp barbs of his live flesh from the back; this it is that often torments the Leviathan into soon rising again to meet the sharp lance of his foes.
Machaon passed into the middle of the ring and at once drew the arrow from the belt, bending its barbs back through the force with which he pulled it out.
Watching the rigging up of the barbed wire, Jerry's next adventure was an encounter with Lerumie, the return boy from Meringe, who, only that morning, on the beach embarking, had been rolled by Biddy, along with his possessions into the surf.
Jerry, scarcely aware of Lerumie's presence, was trotting past on his way aft to where Borckman, the mate, was superintending the stringing of the barbed wire to the stanchions.
A long, stumbling fall, accelerated by a sudden increase of wind in the sails, ensued, and Lerumie, vainly trying to catch his footing, fetched up against the three strands of barbed wire on the lee rail.
Even Lerumie, variously lacerated by the barbed wire, did not scowl nor mutter threats.
Moreover, I do not believe that any ornithologist would place the English carrier, the short-faced tumbler, the runt, the barb, pouter, and fantail in the same genus; more especially as in each of these breeds several truly-inherited sub-breeds, or species as he might have called them, could be shown him.
In the bidirectional suture, barbs are cut into suture in a direction opposite to the needle; the barbs change direction at the midpoint of the suture, and needles are swaged onto both ends (FIGURE 1A).
SUMMARY: The present ultrastructural study on developing and regenerating feathers of chick and zebrafinch describes the ultrastructural changes that occur during the differentiation of barb cells that leads to the formation of the ramus of barbs.
The 13-year-old, who hasn't been named, suffered horrific internal injuries when the barbs punctured his stomach.
These latex-free injection sites with barbs are available in non-slit (Part # 11456) or pre-slit versions (Part # 11194) and measure 1-1/2 inches in length.
After the shot, the point's barbs open to an incredible 2 3/4-inch diameter (roughly the size of a snuff can) for unmatched holding power.