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bar·ba

(bar'bă), [TA]
1. The beard.
2. A hair of the beard.
Synonym(s): beard [TA]
[L.]

beard

(bîrd)
n.
1. A growth of hair on the chin, cheeks, and throat of a person, especially a man.
2. A tuft or growth of hairs, bristles, or other hairlike threads on a plant or animal.

beard′less adj.

beard

The hair on the face and throat.

beard

1. in goats and dogs, beards are conventional collections of chin hairs; seen only in certain dog breeds such as Afghan hounds and Bearded collies.
2. in turkeys, beards are an agglomeration of modified feathers, or hair/feathers, consisting of individual filaments that arise from individual beard papillae. Called also barba.
References in classic literature ?
As it was, they so took him by surprise that he came to the ground, giving so little heed to his beard that it fell off, and all he could do when he found himself without it was to cover his face hastily with both his hands and moan that his teeth were knocked out.
The interrupter bowed, smiled, stroked his beard, and relapsed into his chair.
He was clad in a dark suit, and I saw that he had a black beard.
You must needs shave off that beard of yours, Alexis," he said to his companion.
I just don't drink,' replied Nikita without lifting his eyes but looking askance at his scanty beard and moustache and getting the icicles out of them.
She went on combing and oiling his beard as composedly as ever.
A hand, clutching a water-bottle, became visible and the ginger beard bent downward to fill the bottle.
Yet his wide white beard, cherubic face, and sparkling spectacles, at the numberless dinners and congresses where they appeared, made it hard to believe, somehow, that he had ever been anything so morbid as either a dram-drinker or a Calvinist.
All Turlington could see as he crossed the field of light was, that his hat was pulled over his eyes, and that he had a thick beard and mustache.
On hearing himself addressed as your Excellency, the Director of the Marionette Theater sat up very straight in his chair, stroked his long beard, and becoming suddenly kind and compassionate, smiled proudly as he said to Pinocchio:
I knew him presently, though I have not seen him these several years; but you know, sir, he is a very remarkable man, or, to use a purer phrase, he hath a most remarkable beard, the largest and blackest I ever saw.
I took my handkerchief to my face; now that I thought of it, there had been something familiar in the old man's gait, as well as something rather youthful for his apparent years; his very beard seemed unconvincing, now that I recalled it in the light of this horrible revelation.