barb

Part of speech: verb

To provide with a barb; make cutting.

Part of speech: noun

A backward- projecting point, as on a fish- hook, etc.

Part of speech: noun

A horse of the breed brought by the Moors from Barbary into Spain.

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Usage examples "barb":

  1. Late one afternoon a crowd stood on the border of the Strip, on the outside of the old barb- wire fence that divided it from the rest of space. - "Land of the Burnt Thigh", Edith Eudora Kohl.
  2. Kate did not like to hear her father called Barb, but Belle would not call him anything else. - "Laramie Holds the Range", Frank H. Spearman.
  3. Croucher wavered at his voice; it was terribly threatening, each subtle tone a poisoned barb. - "The Crime Doctor", Ernest William Hornung.