I. noun a large-headed, brightly coloured fruit-eating bird that has a stout bill with tufts of bristles at the base. Barbets are found on all continents, especially in the tropics.●Family Capitonidae: numerous genera and species.
– origin late 16th cent. (denoting a poodle): from French, from barbe ‘beard’ (see barb1). The current sense dates from the early 19th cent.