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rebarbative (adj.)

"repellent, unattractive," 1885, from French rébarbatif (14c.), from barbe "beard," from Latin barba (see barb (n.)). The usual theory is that it refers to the itchy, irritating quality of a beard.

updated on May 15, 2021

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Definitions of rebarbative from WordNet

rebarbative (adj.)
serving or tending to repel;
he became rebarbative and prickly and spiteful
Synonyms: repellent / repellant
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