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rebarbative

[ree-bahr-buh-tiv] /riˈbɑr bə tɪv/
adjective
1.
causing annoyance, irritation, or aversion; repellent.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < French, feminine of rébarbatif, derivative of rébarber to be unattractive, equivalent to ré- re- + barbe beard (< Latin barba) + -atif -ative
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rebarbative

/rɪˈbɑːbətɪv/
adjective
1.
fearsome; forbidding
Word Origin
C19: from French rébarbatif, from Old French rebarber to repel (an enemy), to withstand (him) face to face, from re- + barbe beard, from Latin barba
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Word Origin and History for rebarbative
adj.

"repellent, unattractive," 1885, from French rébarbatif (14c.), from barbe "beard," from Latin barba (see barb (n.)).

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