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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Barbel

B'ARBEL, noun [Latin barba.]

1. A fish of the genus Cyprinus, of the order of abdominals. The mouth is toothless; the gill has three rays; the body is smooth and white. This fish is about three feet long, and weighs 18 pounds. It is a very coarse fish, living in deep still rivers and rooting like swine in the soft banks. Its dorsal fin is armed with a strong spine, sharply serrated, from which circumstance it probably received its name.

2. A knot of superfluous flesh, growing in the channels of a horse's mouth; written also barble, or barb.