AskDefine | Define barbule

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  1. Any of the secondary barbs that form a fringe of small projections on a feather.

Extensive Definition

Barbules are a part of the tree formed by feathers : the trunk, or axis, being the rachis and the barbs the main boughs, barbules are the secondary branches. Barbules have minute hooks called barbicels for cross-attachment.


barbule in French: Barbule
barbule in Italian: Barbula (zoologia)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

antenna, barb, barbel, barrel, cat whisker, cilium, feeler, filament, filamentule, palp, palpus, quill, shaft, tactile cell, tactile corpuscle, tactile hair, tactile organ, tactile process, tactor, vibrissa
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