Bar"bel (?), n.[OE. barbel, F. barbeau, dim. of L. barbus barbel, fr. barba beard. See 1st Barb.]
A slender tactile organ on the lips of certain fishes.
A large fresh-water fish ( Barbus vulgaris) found in many European rivers. Its upper jaw is furnished with four barbels.
Barbs or paps under the tongued of horses and cattle. See 1st Barb, 3.
© Webster 1913.
[Editor's Note (Gz), 7/2/2002: Corrected an obvious spelling error which appears to have been in the original scan.]