barbicel

barbicel

[bahr-buh-sel]
noun Ornithology.
one of the minute processes fringing the barbules of certain feathers.

Origin:
1865–70; < Neo-Latin barbicella, equivalent to Latin barbi- (combining form of barba beard) + -cella diminutive suffix

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barbicel (ˈbɑːbɪˌsɛl)
 
n
ornithol any of the minute hooks on the barbules of feathers that interlock with those of adjacent barbules
 
[C19: from New Latin barbicella, literally: a small beard, from Latin barba beard]

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