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

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  • barbule — [ barbyl ] n. f. • 1838; dimin. de 1. barbe ♦ Zool. Chacun des petits crochets qui relient une barbe de plume d oiseau à la barbe contiguë. ● barbule nom féminin (latin barbula) Chacune des ramifications de la barbe d une plume d oiseau. (Les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Barbule — Bar bule, n. [L. barbula, fr. barba beard.] [1913 Webster] 1. A very minute barb or beard. Booth. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) One of the processes along the edges of the barbs of a feather, by which adjacent barbs interlock. See {Feather}. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barbule — [bär′byo͞ol΄] n. [L barbula, dim. of barba, BEARD] any of the threadlike parts fringing each side of the barb of a feather: cf. BARBICEL: See FEATHER …   English World dictionary

  • Barbule — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Barbule désigne : Chez l oiseau agrandissement de la vexil …   Wikipédia en Français

  • barbule — noun Date: 1835 a minute barb; especially one of the processes that fringe the barbs of a feather see feather illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Barbule — 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.References*… …   Wikipedia

  • barbule — a small barb or barbel …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • barbule — /bahr byoohl/, n. 1. a small barb. 2. any of the small processes fringing the barbs of a feather. [1825 35; < L barbula. See BARB1, ULE] * * * …   Universalium

  • barbule — (bar bu l ) s. f. Terme d histoire naturelle. Filament porté par les côtés des barbes d une plume. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Diminutif de barbe …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • barbule — Synonyms 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 …   Moby Thesaurus

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