Origin of Rebarbative
From French rébarbatif, rébarbative (“repellent", “disagreeable"), from Middle French rebarber (“to oppose", “to stand up to") (from Old French re- + barbe (“barb", “beard") (from Latin barba (“beard"), literally “to stand beard to beard against") + -atif (“-ative").
French rébarbatif from Old French from (se) rebarber to confront re- re- barbe beard (from Latin barba bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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