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barbicel

[bahr-buh-sel] /ˈbɑr bəˌsɛl/
noun, Ornithology
1.
one of the minute processes fringing the barbules of certain feathers.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Neo-Latin barbicella, equivalent to Latin barbi- (combining form of barba beard) + -cella diminutive suffix
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barbicel

/ˈbɑːbɪˌsɛl/
noun
1.
(ornithol) any of the minute hooks on the barbules of feathers that interlock with those of adjacent barbules
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin barbicella, literally: a small beard, from Latin barba beard
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