barbet /ˈbɑːbɪt/


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.

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