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Bearded, barbate; Ornithology (of a feather) having a vane, vexillate. Also occasionally as noun: a bearded person.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From post-classical Latin pogonium (C. Illiger Prodromus systematis mammalium et avium 188; from ancient Greek πώγων beard + post-classical Latin -ium: see -y) + -ate.
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