Any of various brightly colored tropical birds of the order Piciformes that have a broad bill with bristles at the base and are closely related to the toucans.
Any of a tropical family (Capitonidae) of brightly colored piciform birds having a large, strong bill with bristles at its base.
Origin of barbet
- Probably from barb
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French, from barbe (“beard", "long hair of certain animals”)