• The short, loud, explosive sound uttered by a dog, a fox, and some other animals.
  • An abrupt loud vocal utterance.
  • The exterior covering of the trunk and branches of a tree.
  • Peruvian bark or Jesuit's bark, the bark of the cinchona from which quinine is produced.
  • Hard candy made in flat sheets, for instance out of chocolate, peanut butter, toffee or peppermint.
  • The crust formed on barbecued meat that has had a rub applied to it.
  • The envelopment or outer covering of anything.
  • A small sailing vessel, e.g. a pinnace or a fishing smack; a rowing boat or barge.
  • A sailing vessel or boat of any kind.
  • A vessel, typically with three (or more) masts, with the foremasts (or fore- and mainmasts) square-rigged, and mizzenmast schooner-rigged.


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  • From Middle English barken, berken, borken, from Old English beorcan, from the Proto-Germanic *berkaną, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰereg-, from *bʰer-. Cognate with Icelandic berkja, Icelandic barki, dialectal Lithuanian burgeti, Serbo-Croatian brbljati. For the noun, compare Old English beorc, bearce.
  • From Middle English bark, from Old English barc ("bark"), from Old Norse bǫrkr ("tree bark"), from Proto-Germanic *barkuz, probably related to *birkijǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰergo- (compare Latin frāxinus ("ash"), Lithuanian béržas ("birch")), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰereg- (compare English bright); akin to Danish bark, Icelandic börkur, Low German borke and Albanian berk ("bast").
  • From Middle English barke ("boat"), from Middle French barque, from Late Latin barca, from Vulgar Latin, from Ancient Greek βάρις ("Egyptian boat"), from Coptic ⲃⲁⲁⲣⲉ ("small boat"), from Egyptian bꜣjr ("transport ship, type of fish"), b-bA-A-y:r*Z1-P1 barge and barque.

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