(birds) A species of eagle native to North America and notable for the white plumage on its head.
The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else.
Having two barbs or points. Ascham.
A beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it.
(Armor) (Corrupt) Armor for a horse, corrupted from bard.
1786: The defensive armor with the horses of the ancient knights ... These are frequently, though improperly, stiled barbs. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 29.
The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs, or wattles in his mouth. Walton.
(zoology) One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane.
(zoology) Several species of freshwater fish of the Cyprinid family.
(zoology) A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; -- also improperly called whiting.
(botany) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook.
(zoology) A blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from Barbary.
(obsolete) A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.
Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen. Written also barbel and barble.
(obsolete) A bit for a horse.
verbto barb (barbed, barbing)
To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc.
But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire. Milton.
(Armor) (Corrupt) To cover a horse in armor, corrupted from bard.
1592: And now, in stead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber... — William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act I, Scene I, line 10.
(obsolete) To shave or dress the beard of.
(obsolete) To clip; to mow.
An owl of the genus Tyto, often having a white face and commonly found in barns and other farm buildings.
(countable) A round vessel or cask, of greater length than breadth, and bulging in the middle, made of staves bound with hoops, and having flat ends or heads. Sometimes applied to a similar cylindrical container made of metal, usually called a drum.
The quantity which constitutes a full barrel. This varies for different articles and also in different places for the same article, being regulated by custom or by law. A barrel of wine is 31 1/2 gallons; a barrel of flour is 196 pounds; of beer 31 gallons; of ale 32 gallons.
1882: Again, by 28 Hen. VIII, cap. 14, it is re-enacted that the tun of wine should contain 252 gallons, a butt of Malmsey 126 gallons, a pipe 126 gallons, a tercian or puncheon 84 gallons, a hogshead 63 gallons, a tierce 41 gallons, a barrel 31.5 gallons, a rundlet 18.5 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 205.
1882: 23 Hen. VIII, cap. 4... The barrel of beer is to hold 36 gallons, the kilderkin 18 gallons the firkin 9. But the barrel, kilderkin, and firkin of ale are to contain 32, 16, and 8 gallons. — James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 205.
A solid drum, or a hollow cylinder or case;
''the of a windlass; the barrel of a watch, within which the spring is coiled.
A metallic tube, as of a gun, from which a projectile is discharged.
(obsolete) A jar. Obs. 1 Kings xvii. 12.
(archaic) A tube.
(zoology) The hollow basal part of a feather.
(music) The part of a clarinet which connects the mouthpiece and upper joint, and looks rather like a barrel (1).
(context, idiomatic, surfing) A wave that breaks with a hollow compartment.
(context, US, specifically, _, New England) A waste receptacle.
Throw it away in the trash .
The ribs and belly of a horse or pony.
verb (barrel, l, ed)
to move quickly or in an uncontrolled manner
He came barrelling around the corner and I almost hit him.
A rigid structure projecting from the front of a bird's face, used for pecking, grooming and for eating food.
A similar structure forming the jaws of an octopus.
(nautical) The metal point fixed on the bows of a war galley, used as a ram.
(slang) A justice of-peace, or magistrate. Also a judge or chairman who presides in court.
He's up before the beak again tomorrow.
I clapp'd my peepers full of tears, and so the old beak set me free; I began to weep, and the judge set me free.
(slang) The human nose, especially one that is large and pointed.
any of various brightly-coloured, insectivorous, near-passerine birds in the family Meropidae, especially the European bee-eater
(given name, male), diminutive of William.
(context, UK, slang) A nickname for the British constabulary. Often called "The Bill" or "Old Bill"
(context, US, slang) One Hundred Dollars.
The vulgar hand gesture in which the middle finger is extended.
2003, The Beach House, James Patterson—Then she raised both hands above her shoulders and flipped him the bird with each one.
To observe or identify wild birds in their natural environment.
bird of paradise
noun (pl=birds of paradise)
(zoology) Any of various passerine birds of the family Paradisaeidae native to Oceania. In many of the species the breeding plumage of the males is brightly coloured.
(botany): A showy tropical flower of the genus Strelitzia, native to Madagascar.
bird of prey
A carnivorous bird that hunts for its food, especially one that preys on vertebrates.
alternative spelling of birdwatcher
A high ranking official in the Catholic church who governs a diocese, or a similar official in other denominations and religions.
(context, Chess) A piece that may be moved only diagonally.
(slang) penis (see bash the bishop).
noun (wikipedia, Grey Plover)
An arctic bird, Pluvialis squatarola, also known as the grey plover.
A common thrush, Turdus merula, found in woods and gardens over much of Eurasia, and introduced elsewhere.
A variety of New World birds of the family Icteridae.
A small Old World warbler, Sylvia atricapilla, which is mainly grey with a black crown.
whitebark raspberry, Whitebark raspberry.
A large, black bird with a lyre-shaped tail, Tetrao tetrix.
(medicine) A comedo, a skin blemish, a type of acne vulgaris, where a pore becomes clogged with a dark, hard, cheesey keratin-filled substance forming a hard black "head" on the skin's surface.
a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada.
an American vulture, Coragyps atratus, with black plumage
a north African and Eurasian vulture, Aegypius monachus
Any of various North American birds of the genus Sialia in the thrush family. Their plumage is blue or blue and red.
A species of North American jay with blue feathering from the top of its head to midway down its back.
a small bird of the tit family Paridae, with an azure blue crown and dark blue line passing through the eye and encircling the white cheeks to the chin.
Alternative spelling of bower bird
A finch, Fringilla montifringilla of northern Eurasia; the male has a black head in summer and an orange breast with white belly and a long white rump.
noun (pluralbrants or collectively)
Any of several wild goose, wild geese, of the genus Branta, that breed in the Arctic, but especially the brent goose, Branta bernicla.
(context, dialectal) steep, Steep, precipitous.
Short-beaked; having a short bill.
An Australian crane
(uncountable) What comes out of an egg.
The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time and cared for by the same mother.
The children in one family.
To keep an egg warm to make it hatch.
To dwell upon moodily and at length.
He sat brooding about the upcoming battle, fearing the outcome.
noun (brood, ies)
(Poultry) A female bird which is in the condition to incubate eggs; a broody hen, duck, etc.
There are six broodies in that coop.
adjective (brood, ier, more)
(Of birds) to sit persistently and protectively on a nest, in order to hatch eggs (eg, 'a broody hen').
In general, any creature or person interested in raising young.
A small species of parakeet native to Australia and often kept as pets.
(colloquial) A budgerigar.
New world bird also known as common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor).
Bullbats "peened" overhead and dived on roaring wings.
"Hal Borland, When the Legends Die, 1963
Any of various Old World finches in the genus Pyrrhula that have thick bills.
(nautical) A thin cloth of woven wool from which flags are made; it is light enough to spread in a gentle wind but resistant to fraying in a strong wind.
Flags considered as a group.
Strips of material used as festive decoration, especially in the colours of the national flag.
Any of various songbirds of the family Emberizidae having short bills and brown or gray plumage.
Any of various large terrestrial birds of the family Otididae that inhabit dry open country and steppes in the Old World.
(South Africa) The Fiscal shrike
In the Old World, any bird of prey of the genus Buteo, having broad wings and a broad tail.
In North America, a general term for scavenging birds such as the American black vulture, also called American black buzzard (Coragyps atratus), and the turkey vulture (Cathartes aura).