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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having barbs.
  • adj. Cutting; stinging: barbed criticism; barbed statements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having barbs
  • adj. Bearded (also applied to roses).
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of barb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Accoutered with defensive armor; -- said of a horse. See barded (which is the proper form.)
  • adj. Furnished with a barb or barbs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Shaved; trimmed; having the beard dressed.
  • Furnished with barbs, as an arrow, the point of a fish-hook, and the like: as, “arrows barbed with fire,”
  • “a barbed proboscis,”
  • In heraldry: Having barbs: said of the rose used as a bearing. The barbs are commonly colored green, and the blazon is a rose gules barbed proper.
  • Having gills or wattles, as a cock: as, a cock sable, barbed or (that is, a black cock having golden gills). Also called wattled.
  • Having the ends made with barbs like those of an arrow-head: said especially of a cross of this form. Also called bearded.
  • Same as barded.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.
  • adj. capable of wounding

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