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Barbs

Barb

1. To shave or dress the beard of.

2. To clip; to mow.

3. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc. But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire. (Milton)

Origin: Barbed; Barbing.

1. Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it. The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs, or wattles in his mouth. (Walton)

2. A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners.

3. Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen.

alternative forms: barbel and barble.

4. The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc, to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else. Having two barbs or points.

5. A bit for a horse.

6. (Science: zoology) One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane. See feather.

7. (Science: zoology) a southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the united States; also improperly called whiting.

8. (Science: botany) a hair or bristle ending in a double hook.

Origin: f. B 685 arbe, fr. L. Barba beard. See beard.

1. The barbary horse, a superior breed introduces from barbary into Spain by the moors.

2. (Science: zoology) a blackish or dun variety of the pigeon, originally brought from barbary.

Origin: f. Barbe, fr. Barbarie.


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The Keyhole Paradox: Challenging universal common descent.

This is why I love the internet: "Cat penises have BARBS?!" I'm writing my four-year undergraduate institution a letter of protest for not teaching me this.

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Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:04 am
 
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... is as incompatible as cat reproduction. There is no reason the system was just as incompatible when it first appeared. It could be that the first barbs were very small and soft, and this could still have given an advantage. After the females had adapted to this, then the barbs made another small ...

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... damage this would cause (to what extent, I can't conjecture, but there could very well be some), just to name a few. A sudden mutation of having barbs on a mammal's penis isn't very likely to cause it to be very successful in the mating department, much less put it in a situation where it has ...

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Tue Feb 07, 2012 3:44 am
 
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Complementary mutations do not need to arise at the same time. If the barbs give the male an advantage, that does not require females to only be receptive to males with barbs as well; there is an advantage to the male even without that. At any time after the ...

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... a common attribute, and that is the fact that they are all barbed with numerous, small spikes that are of a similar substance to a fingernail. The barbs on the penis provide the required physical stimulation for ovulation in cat females. It is also thought by some that the penis-barbs also serve ...

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