The countries on the north coast of Africa from Egypt to the Atlantic. Hence: A Barbary horse; a barb. Also, a kind of pigeon.

<zoology> Barbary ape, an ape (Macacus innus) of north Africa and Gibraltar Rock, being the only monkey inhabiting Europe. It is very commonly trained by showmen.

Origin: Fr. Ar. Barbar the people of Barbary.

(01 Mar 1998)

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