|1.||any of several slender tactile spines or bristles that hang from the jaws of certain fishes, such as the catfish and carp|
|2.||any of several European cyprinid fishes of the genus Barbus, esp B. barbus, that resemble the carp but have a longer body and pointed snout|
|[C14: from Old French, from Latin barbus, from barba beard]|
|barbel (bär'bəl) Pronunciation Key
A slender, whiskerlike feeler extending from the head of certain fish, such as the catfish. It is used for touch and taste.