barbel /ˈbɑːb(ə)l/


I. noun

1. a fleshy filament growing from the mouth or snout of a fish.
2. a large European freshwater fish of the carp family, which has barbels hanging from the mouth.

Barbus barbus, family Cyprinidae.
3. [with modifier] an African marine or freshwater fish with barbels round the mouth.

●Species in several families, including Tachysurus feliceps (family Aniidae), of southern African coasts and estuaries.
– origin late Middle English (in sense 2): via Old French from late Latin barbellus, diminutive of barbus ‘barbel’, from barba ‘beard’.

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