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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. capable of wounding;
- Example: "a barbed compliment"
- Example: "a biting aphorism"
- Example: "pungent satire"
[syn: barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordacious]

2. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.;
- Example: "a horse with a short bristly mane"
- Example: "bristly shrubs"
- Example: "burred fruits"
- Example: "setaceous whiskers"
[syn: barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setose, setaceous, spiny, thorny]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barb \Barb\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barbed (b[aum]rbd); p. pr. & vb. n. Barbing.] 1. To shave or dress the beard of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. To clip; to mow. [Obs.] --Marston. [1913 Webster] 3. To furnish with barbs, or with that which will hold or hurt like barbs, as an arrow, fishhook, spear, etc. [1913 Webster] But rattling storm of arrows barbed with fire. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barbed \Barbed\, a. Furnished with a barb or barbs; as, a barbed arrow; barbed wire. [1913 Webster] Barbed wire, a wire, or a strand of twisted wires, armed with barbs or sharp points. It is used for fences. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Barbed \Barbed\ (b[aum]rbd or b[aum]rb"[e^]d), a. [See 4th Barb.] Accoutered with defensive armor; -- said of a horse. See Barded (which is the proper form.) --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

barbed adj 1: capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire" [syn: barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordacious] 2: having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers" [syn: barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setose, setaceous, spiny, thorny]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

31 Moby Thesaurus words for "barbed": acanthoid, acanthous, acicular, acuate, aculeate, aculeiform, acuminate, acute, cornuted, cusped, cuspidate, hispid, horned, horny, mucronate, needle-pointed, needle-sharp, pointed, pronged, sharp-pointed, spiculate, spiked, spiky, spined, spinous, spiny, tapered, tapering, tined, toothed, unbated